The purpose of recognized holidays is to use the day as a time of remembrance. To think about and talk with one another about something that happened a long time ago. My kids have had projects in school all week leading up to today. They have talked about the presidents and colored pictures. But when my husband asked our daughter why she had the day off of school, she said “I don’t know. They just knew I was tired!” He tried again and asked about the color pictures. She simply said “Oh. Those were really old men. I don’t know if they are in Heaven or not. I don’t remember if they loved Jesus.” Being honest, there was a little part of me that was proud of that answer. I am glad that she thinks about eternal things. But, my point is, she really did not understand the time given to remember.
President’s Day aside, I think we often suffer from amnesia regarding spiritual things as well. We do not take time to remember what God has done. We barely acknowledge what He is actively doing today, let alone what He did long before us. We read the Bible like it is a story, rather than an accurate recounting of events. Why does that matter? Why is our awareness supposed to be broader than just today?
Because GOD said so. He told us to remember. He told us to talk about it…everyday.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-9)
We are commanded to talk about the commandments of God in everyday life. They are supposed to cover our surfaces. Impact our day. Penetrate our hearts. They ways of God should matter to us. When we incorporate God into our daily life, our children will see what is important and they will remember God’s faithfulness through the ages. It will change how they view today.
Further into the passage, verses 20-25, it says:
“In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?” tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Before our eyes the Lord sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”
Catch that? In the future…God knew the children would ask! Before the situation even came up, God was laying the foundation to lead His children. He was preparing the parents to be able to explain their way of life. To remember all that the Lord God had done for them. They were supposed to recount all that God had done, so there would be deep meaning in their daily activity. God was commanding them to obey but He was also providing them with a purpose for their lives.
Children can trust GOD today, when they have been taught how He’s been working since time began.
Teach your children how to remember. Teach them how to recount the deeds of God in normal conversation. Lay your “memorial stones” so your future has purpose and your children can learn and understand. Not only will this encourage you to trust God more, it will teach your children how to really know the God they obey.
Ideas to practice remembering:
1. You can write things down and put them in a special jar or journal.
2. You can take pictures that you hang on the wall.
3. Read through the Old Testament with your children.
4. Write verses on your wall. Memorize them.
5. Learn songs.