Teaching Children

Elisabeth Elliot's devotionals are so rich and thought-provoking, it's difficult to single any one out as really great.  But this is yet another one that I think speaks directly to us as homeschooling moms.


Daily devotions for 12-04-2006:


Title: Teaching Children
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Book: Keep A Quiet Heart
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Title: Teaching Children

How many times between the ages of three and ten
do children have to answer the only two questions
adults can think of to ask them: How old are you?
and What are you going to be when you grow up?

The second question may seem innocuous, but is
it? In the first place, many children may be
distressed at being required to make a choice
which is far beyond them. In the second place, it
implies that the choice is theirs. This can lead
to great confusion later on. The child will grow
up physically, but spiritually he will not have
begun until he learns that Jesus died not only to
save him from sin but in order that he should
live not for himself but for Him who died (see 2
Corinthians 5:15 and l John 3:16). If a young
person has been taught from childhood that he
ought to "be something" without at the same time
being shown that nothing is better than being
God's servant, he may be preoccupied with
ambitions and ideals he has gotten solely from
the world. If his conception of "where it's at"
has nothing to do with the Kingdom of God, he is
in for trouble when it comes time to discern the
Will of God. He will be setting limits to his
obedience, defining the terms of his service.
"For My sake" is a concept children can grasp
much earlier than we generally suppose. A little
boy wrote to me that he was learning to lay down
his life for others. To him this meant that
sometimes when he would rather play he lay down
beside his little sister to help her go to sleep.

Pray that God will show you how to teach your
children that life is meant to be lived for God.
"You are not the owner of your own body. You have
been bought, and at what a price! Therefore bring
glory to God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:20,
PHILLIPS). Help your child to understand that the
Lord is his Shepherd, and he is a little lamb.
The Shepherd will gladly show him the right
pathway if he is willing to follow.

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