What do these stones mean?

July 16, 2011

When I was a kid I sometimes watched as my dad worked on his cars.

He used simple tools; a pair of vice grips, a screw driver and a hammer.  Sometimes he sent me for his saw.

My dad didn’t teach me how to fix cars.  He didn’t know how to.  Car repair was almost always an emergency and experiment for him.  Let’s hope this works.

He never said things like “The flux capacitor is shot and the dylithym crystals are spent, were going to have to transmogrify the thing.    My dad mostly just said things I can’t repeat.  I didn’t learn about cars from my dad because he didn’t have anything to teach.

What I did learn from my dad is that you go to church every week.  And while “choosing to follow Christ” wasn’t part of his vocabulary, I learned about God and about church, so when God called my name, it was a familiar voice I heard.  And I chose to follow Christ.

Are your children learning to recognize the voice of God in your home?  What are your children learning from you?  You can’t say “nothing”, because even if you aren’t actively teaching them, they are watching and listening.  All the time.  So they are learning from you.

What are you teaching?  Is it worth learning?  Will your child be able to take their ability with a scroll saw, or a jack hammer or a pc or a paint brush or a football with them into eternity?  Will they be able to take it into life?

There are teaching moments that life creates.  Use them at every opportunity.  When  you are cut of in traffic.  You can teach them about grace, mercy and patience, or you can teach them a new word.  Your choice.  When tax time comes, you can teach them about honesty, integrity, and responsibility.  Or you can teach them how to cheat.  When flipping through the 6000 channels on your HDTV, you can teach them about, morality, about making wise choices, or you can send them out of the room, and teach them how to sin in secret.

When the Israelites crossed the Jordan River on dry land, God instructed them to carry out of the dry river bed twelve stones. God miraculously delivered them right to the spot where He said He would and He didn’t want them to forget.  “When your children see these stones, tell them the wonderful story of redemption.”

Your life is a pile of stones.  You can choose to make every moment you have with your child a teaching moment.  When gas prices jump 15 cents a gallon overnight, when you wait 15 minutes in the express lane at the supermarket.  When your team wins, or more commonly when they lose.

How you handle the everyday is the most important teaching time in your life.   And guess what?  Sometimes you are going to blow it, badly.  These times are teaching times as well.      Read Joshua 4:1-9

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