My children are together 24/7. They eat, play, sing, laugh, and learn together. They also fight, nit-pick, argue, and whine. I know that they love each other and that some amount of “sibling squabbling” is considered normal, but over the past few weeks I have really seen the need to focus on instructing my children in Christian character.
Each morning during Circle Time we have been reading a verse from the book of Proverbs and discussing it. Bible verse memorization is vitally important in the Christian life, but I have found that too often memorization takes the place of meditation. I want my children to memorize Bible verses, but I want them to meditate on God’s Word, too. I want their little brains to be filled with God’s instruction. I want their hearts to be convicted when they sin. It makes sense to spend the time now sowing seeds in their tender hearts before the weeds spring up and choke them out.
Psalm 119:14 “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
I want these same things for myself. Is Christian character evident in my life? Is it evident not only to the people I meet out and about on the street or at church but to my family, too? It is my desire to be a doer of the word, and not just a hearer. That’s where meditating on God’s Word comes in.Psalm 1:2b “…and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (emphasis mine)
The dictionary defines the word meditate
as “dwelling on any thing in thought; to contemplate; to study”
. I have to admit that sometimes I just fly through my Bible reading time and fail to dwell on what I have read during the rest of the day. Sometimes I wonder why my day is not going as well as I would like it to, and then I realize that even though I started my day with God’s Word, I haven’t been keeping the verses in the forefront of my mind. I haven’t been contemplating how they apply in my life. I haven’t been meditating on them and living them out.
It is my hope and prayer that in the coming weeks and months I will see an improvement in the Christian character development of both my children and myself. I cannot instruct them in righteousness if I’m not applying the same standard to myself. I’m so thankful that God has given us a Book with all of the instructions in it!
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