weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - October 4, 2022
Fathers and mothers, do not forget that children learn more by the eye than they do by the ear… Imitation is a far stronger principle with children than memory. What they see has a much stronger effect on their minds than what they are told. - J.C.Ryle
Our oldest daughter Catie would have turned 41 today. Leukemia won a temporary victory 32 years ago, but we look forward to seeing her again.
On each of her 31 past birthdays, some wonderful friends have left a decorated pumpkin at Catie’s grave. But this year is different; the pumpkin placement has been handed off to the next generation. A daughter – and one of Catie’s childhood friends –has taken up the role of pumpkin provider.
This faithful and loving commemoration of Catie’s life provides an annual poultice for our hurting hearts. Not surprisingly, it also left an impression on their children.
Moses outlined this simple, yet challenging action plan: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7a)
The commandment is directed to us parents. Only after we put into practice the art of loving God and others will it take root in the next generation. What we tell our children is important, but what we faithfully exhibit time and again is what makes an impression on the hearts of our children.
Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc