If you’ve been keeping up around here, you know I’ve been teaching my kids to memorize bible verses as we drive to school each day. Although memorization is important, there is something more critical: understanding. It’s one thing to know what the bible says; it’s quite another to apply to our everyday life. If many of us would simply put into practice the verses of Scripture we already know, our lives and relationships would change for the better….vastly. Think about it:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Get rid of all anger and bitterness.
Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
We know the bible tells us these things, but we often have such a hard time living them out, don’t we? In some ways, these verses have become mere words we recite out of habit rather than a mantra that we live by.
That’s why I want to help my children not only learn what the bible says but understand it. Apply it to their lives. Live it out. Help others choose wisely, as well.
So, this morning on the way to school we skipped reciting our memory verses (we’re up to 18!). Instead, the kids chose one verse to recite and to share its meaning. I asked key questions along the way and listened to their response. They chose this one:
Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, o man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Want to know the questions I asked?
Who has shown man what is good? (God)
Who is man? (People….including you and me!)
How did God show man what is good? (The Bible which is full of God’s rules for living, His standards, and His definition of right and wrong/good and bad)
What does the phrase, “require of you” mean? (God’s expectations of people)
Define justice; give some real life examples (to act in fair ways, to do what is right by God’s standards….like to be honest, to avoid cheating, and to be honorable)
Define mercy; give some real life examples (to have compassion on others even when they’ve hurt me; to meet the needs of others….like choosing to forgive rather than hold a grudge or providing for the needs of our Compassion International kids)
Define “walk humbly with your God” (be humble enough to choose God’s way of acting rather than my own; to spend time with God; to choose to honor God with my actions and attitudes….like reading our bibles everyday and being teachable)
Our drive only took 10 minutes and we covered a lot of spiritual ground in that short time-frame! As the kiddos prayed before the hopped out, they asked God to help them do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him today. I tell you, it warmed my heart.
It’s our job, as Christian parents, to teach our kids what the bible teaches AND how it applies to their lives! They need to know how to live it out! Why not give it a shot yourself? Pick a verse and help your own kids apply it to their everyday situations. 10 minutes of training could spare them 10 years of wandering.