GRANDPAUSE: A lack of Bible study leads to 'truth' decay. (Unknown)
Most of us know that effective learning involves more than listening or reading. When we engage all our senses we are more likely to remember and assimilate the things we hear or read. Hearing, seeing, touching, and doing when working together help us learn more quickly and more permanently.
Providing a solid, quality Christian education for our children is the responsibility of the family, not the church. Such education must involve more than daily Bible devotions around the family table. There needs to be creative ways to impress the Word of God on young minds so that the stories connect with life today.
The Bible is filled with powerful true stories that compose the grand redemption story God is still unfolding today. We are commanded to tell those stories so another generation will know the Lord and all the amazing things He has done for us. Failure to do so could easily result in a generation growing up like that of Judges 2 who did not know the Lord or the things He had done. A well-versed legacy is more than story-telling—it is engaging with the stories.
As a grandparent of five teenage grandchildren, I am learning some painful things about teen rebellion with at least one of them. I also notice a correlation between rebelliousness in my teenage grandchildren and the degree to which they were taught manners.
Trace Embry, founder and Executive Director of Shepherd’s Hill Academy and radio host for License to Parent agrees. His insights given to parents on this subject are equally important for us as grandparents. Trace recently did a blog post and radio feature concerning the impact teaching manners can have on the escalating problem of teen rebellion. Manners are not consistently taught in many homes, and I believe grandparents can pick up the slack to help in this area.
Read (and listen) to what Trace has to say. Then reply in my comment section of this post to let me know how his thoughts have impacted you, and what you are doing to build character through good manners in your own grandchildren.
Manners Help Teens Think of Others
When I was younger, I never understood the importance of good manners. But, now that I work with a team of people in helping at-risk youth, I understand the importance of simple manners that this generation knows little about [CONTINUE READING]
LIFE HAPPENS… and there is no denying that at times life can feel heavy and hard to bear. Yet, Jesus said, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Can you relate to feeling weary or burdened? I certainly have felt that way recently. Jesus promises more than physical rest from the weariness of hard work or difficult times. It is a rest for the soul that lifts the burdens of life.
It almost sounds too good to be true.
If you watch the Olympics, you are undoubtedly keenly aware of the significance of time in certain events like downhill skiing and speed skating. A medal is often determined by a mere 1/100th of a second. It gives new meaning the phrase every second counts.
That is true in the race of life as well. Paul’s instructions to ‘redeem the time’ in Ephesians 5, could also be translated “purchase” or “buy” the time you have because it is valuable and must be spent wisely. Purchasing time implies a higher purpose for it, not simply using it as we please. We certainly have that freedom, but to waste it on something for which it was not intended is a fool’s errand.
Those who compete in the Games know that if they spend their time doing only what they want to do—what is easy and comfortable—they would become an Olympic champion. Rather they submit to their coach who dictates how their time should be used for the best results. Followers of Christ submit to the Lord Jesus because He knows best how to achieve the Father’s purpose. When we use it as He directs, that is the way of wisdom and the crown of life.
So what steps can we take to redeem or purchase the time we have? Here are seven suggestions to help you spend time well: