Story :: #Write31Days #5mfw {Day 6}

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“Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power” (Psa 145:4 NLT).

“Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation” (Joe 1:3).

“Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up” (Deu 6:7).

//Okay. So two of these three verses technically refrain from using the word ‘story,’ but I think they capture the meaning of the word, so we are just going to go with it. Each of these verses talks about passing information on to the next generation. They imply the need to keep stories alive and continuously talk about things. However, each passage is about three very different accounts.

First, we are to talk about God’s mighty acts. Most Christians are decent at this. After all, we read Bible stories to our kids. We send them to Sunday School where they learn of Heroes of our Faith. Which is very important, but let us not forget to share personal accounts of what God did in our lives and the lives of our ancestors. Did he save Grandpa from an attack during the war? Did he provide mom and dad with provisions when they were just starting out? Has God blessed you some way this very day that you could share with your children while simultaneously giving God glory and thanks?

Second, we are to pass stories of God’s judgment and wrath down to our children. Again, while Sunday School handles this somewhat, I think many times, we are more quick to gloss over this aspect of faith. It is easier to give God glory for the good, than to consider his punishment for the bad. And if we take this one step further and examine times where we have personally experienced God’s judgment, we become even less likely to talk about it. Who wants to admit their sin and discuss the consequences, especially with their children? But Joel reminds us how these stories can be valuable learning experiences for our children. Stories can serve as buoys keeping our children in safe waters. While it might be humiliating to share our defeats, it could save the lives of posterity.

Finally, we are to pass down God’s commands. It is hard to ignore the imperativeness with which Joshua is speaking here, going as far as to say we should tie them to our hands and foreheads and write them on our doorposts. We must diligently teach and pass down God’s commands to our children. In fact, it is so vital it is a command itself.

Even as a homeschooler, I am not always keen to share personal examples of what God has done, both good and bad, or practical ways we carry out God’s commands in our home. I take for granted the work everyone else (like Sunday School and AWANA teachers) does to share God with my children. I am complacent in my storytelling. I pray God will not only point out opportunities for me to improve in this area but will also convict me when I fail.

(So I don’t know if you noticed, but I forgot the timer…)