I was thinking last night about the time I told my younger sister that parenting was just REMINDING…….over and over again. Of course that’s not ALL parenting is by any means!! What I was trying to do was encourage her that day many years ago. I was trying to say if we as parents get it into our heads that we are going to be doing a lot of REMINDING during our children’s lives and that really is o.k. than maybe we can let ourselves and even our children off the hook some times. Now don’t get me wrong I am all for teaching your children good manners, good habits and good behavior. I am also all for expecting them to LISTEN and CHOOSE what is RIGHT! I also KNOW how much I need to be REMINDED of things daily in my life. I make notes for things and I forget to look at the notes. Now I know there are some people that seem to never need reminding but I think that’s the exception to the rule. I mean if you look back at the Old Testament, how many times did GOD need to REMIND His people WHO He was, Who they were in Him and How they needed to live for Him and WHAT He would do for them WHEN they lived for Him! Just look below at the scriptures in Deuteronomy to see the detailed instructions God gave to His people so that they would continue to be REMINDED of these things I mentioned above. I believe that God gave these detailed instructions because He knew that we continually need to be REMINDED of HIM and HIS commandments. He created us and He has always been willing to continue to REMIND us so it leads me to believe that REMINDING our children over and over is not a bad thing. If we look at it like this……If the Lord is willing to REMIND His people……if He is willing to REMIND me over and over WHO HE is, WHO I am, How I need to live, What HE will do for me WHEN I live that way and most importantly How much He loves me than I am going to do the same thing for my children. I will first REMIND them over and over what they need to know about their HEAVENLY FATHER and when needed I will remind them about the other things I want them to learn. If we want to we can even consider REMINDING a form of showing MERCY and again our example comes from our HEAVENLY FATHER whose MERCY ENDURES FOREVER!! So I’ll end here with the REMINDER to you as a fellow parent, the next time you are telling your child something that you’ve told them a million times before, just take a deep breath and REMIND yourself that you are just being merciful to them by REMINDING them one more time. In the end when we REMIND, when we show mercy we are TEACHING our children the ways of our HEAVENLY FATHER which is the most important thing we can teach them as a parent!!
**You know after writing this I realize why I was thinking all this, because God wanted to REMIND me of a few things =o)**
1NOW THIS is the instruction, the laws, and the precepts which the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land to which you go to possess it, 2That you may [reverently] fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, and keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3Hear therefore, O Israel, and be watchful to do them, that it may be well with you and that you may increase exceedingly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. 4Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord [the only Lord]. 5And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might. 6And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then] 7You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets (forehead bands) between your eyes. 9And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 10And when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you, with great and goodly cities which you did not build, 11And houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and cisterns hewn out which you did not hew, and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and when you eat and are full, 12Then beware lest you forget the Lord, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 13You shall [reverently] fear the Lord your God and serve Him and swear by His name [and presence]. 14You shall not go after other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who are round about you; 15For the Lord your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and He destroy you from the face of the earth. 16You shall not tempt and try the Lord your God as you tempted and tried Him in Massah.(A) 17You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God and His exhortations and His statutes which He commanded you. 18And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, 19To cast out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has promised. 20When your son asks you in time to come, What is the meaning of the testimonies and statutes and precepts which the Lord our God has commanded you? 21Then you shall say to your son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22And the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and evil, against Egypt, against Pharaoh, and all his household, before our eyes; 23And He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in to give us the land which He swore to give our fathers. 24And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to [reverently] fear the Lord our God for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. 25And it will be accounted as righteousness (conformity to God’s will in word, thought, and action) for us if we are watchful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us.