"These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7. Josh and I have been talking about this verse for a while now. You see, we have been pondering and praying over what it really means to "teach them diligently", I mean in a practical way what exactly should we be doing? Of course Ezekiel, our only son as of yet, is not even 7 months old for a few more days, so these concerns are slightly premature. But we are planning ahead.
So far all we know is what it isnt, lol, isn't that typical? But we have figured out that it isn't as simple or easy as just attending church, or praying at mealtimes and bedtimes, and not even as simple as reading the bible together (although it of course includes all these activities). We really feel that even all that, as great as it is, isn't really enough. We are starting to realize that its so much harder then that and in the end its nothing less than living everyday, all the time, with and for the Lord, and then constantly telling your kids about it as you do. "...when you sit in the house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."
And we know that we really want to be careful not to model great biblical principles but then forget formally teaching them. Or maybe worse to formally teach them but then not model them. And we really hope that we cananage it.