This verse explains how to help our children gain emotional intelligence and resilience. It is not easy in today’s world for our kids to navigate through social media, bullying and peer pressure. By introducing them to the One and teaching them His ways we help them understand who they really are. Not what others tell them. Our kids gain identity and emotional intelligence.
I added the framing verses in Deuteronomy those in the image above to give context. Our prevailing goal is to tightly bond our children to God and his unconditional love and encourage them to focus on his design for their lives.
Then hopefully the world cannot tell them who they are and what they should want. This of course is not a foolproof formula. It’s a relationship.
Children once they get older make choices that are good, bad, horrible and sometimes dangerous.
But…. if they know Him and His ways they may choose to seek to God to help them find their way out of trouble, depression and challenge.
If we as parents teach them… we empower them.
“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 on your hearts.
Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 6:5-7, 9 NIV