Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19
Discipling toddlers can be challenging because their attention span is that of a butterfly. However, a few things that have helped me immerse my children in the knowledge and love of Jesus are reading them a children’s Bible each day, listening to children’s worship music in the car, and praying with them before they go to bed and before meals. These ways are simple and nothing exceptionally new or unique, but the key is consistency. It doesn’t matter if you read them a little portion of scripture or a lot, but read God’s Word to your children and pray each day.
It all trickles from the top! We must be in our Bibles, each day. God’s Word in our lives comes alive when we are seeking Jesus fervently, adamantly, and consistently. I know that each day you take off like a racehorse out of the shoot, but we must make time for Jesus. Whether it be in the early morning, or in the evening, we need Jesus in our lives governing our hearts, minds, and hands. Getting into God’s Word for yourself might be the very best way to teach your children the value of Jesus and God’s Word.
Our children are taking notes, no doubt. I want my children’s notes to have scribbles of Jesus all over them. I want their stick figure drawings of our family to include Jesus in the picture. I want their hearts to know that mommy and daddy love God, and that God loves them even more than mommy and daddy.
I want my children to establish a love for the Lord for themselves someday. I want them to grow up and be spiritual leaders, men and women who love Jesus and lead others to the cross. I want them to shine God’s light. I want them to live salt filled lives of love as adults.
I wish all these things for my children, as I am sure you do too. Therefore, we must cultivate these godly attributes within ourselves. In order for our children to have a model to go by, we must seek the Lord and shine bright for Jesus. The only perfect model is Christ Himself, but we are called to live for Jesus, to live salty lives of love for our children and the world to see.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
In order to mold our children’s little hearts and minds to know Jesus, we must know him for ourselves. We must seek Jesus each day. We must be in our Bibles and pray. We must actively pursue the Lord in our daily lives. This sets an example for our children of what matters most.
Children’s minds are so moldable at an early age. We must realize this fact, and strive to immerse our children in the knowledge and love of the Gospel. Jesus will help you along the way.
Thank you for today! Thank you for the opportunity I have to immerse my children in your love and grace. Thank you for your peace present in my life. I pray that my children would come to know you and love you someday. Help me to disciple my children well God. Show me ways that I can be an arrow pointing to you. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.