Friday, November 19, 2010

Teachable Moments - Part 3 Doing your Part

Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest us.

We have been reading to our children since long before they could talk.  Stories like Dr. Seuss, The Poky Little Puppy, as well as Bible stories like Jonah and David and Goliath.  Now that they are older we are beginning to apply lessons - Biblical lessons - they should be learning from the stories we share with them.  Recently I read a story to Sister about a train that left its track because it was tired of the same thing every day.  It wanted to do something different than it was supposed to do.  What happened...it ended up in a pond - stuck!  It's passengers (toys) had to push it out so they could return to the track and do what the train was supposed to do.   Because the train did what it wanted to do, instead of what it was supposed to do, it hurt itself and put others in danger.

Since we've read the story, Sister has been talking about doing what she is supposed to do and not just what she wants to do; even making what she is supposed to do what she wants to do.  We saw someone run a red light, closely followed by flashing lights atop a police car!!  I used that example to remind her that when we do what we want to do instead of what we are supposed to do we can expect consequences.

The Driver:
1. Put other cars in danger by running the red light
2. Will have to pay for disobeying
3. Could have avoided it all by doing what he was supposed to do

What teachable moments are you taking with your children?

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