As you train up your child to serve, to give, to share, to love, to forgive, etc., have you ever even thought of putting “rest” on that list? I’m being serious. Have you considered that teaching your child to rest could be just what the doctor ordered? Or what God, Himself, orders?
I mean some of us consider it a badge of honor to answer “busy!” when someone asks us how we’re doing. Or, when someone asks how our kids are doing, the typical response is to list off activities the child’s involved in… their sports or theater, club or church activities… or maybe even news of their latest award. Or, if the child happens to be struggling, a parent might reveal a troubling activity the child has been dabbling in.
But, would you EVER say, “Oh my child is learning to be such a good rester?” Probably not. Yet, consider what scripture says on the topic.
Here are a few samples of infinite wisdom… or commands… on rest:
Be still and know that I am God.
For six days work is to be done,
but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord.
But, when we dig out the Bible lessons or send our kids to Sunday School, do we put these principles at the top of the list?
Regardless of how you feel about “keeping the Sabbath,” here’s what I’ve realized, as a parent:
I want my daughter and son to follow God when they grow up. I want them to obey Him and fulfill their calling. But, how are they to do that if I haven’t taught them to “be still” and listen for Him? Or, to rest and wait on Him?
Not too long ago, my son said something like, “Mom, I just can’t hear God’s voice like you do.” Well, maybe, learning to rest is the element that would allow my son to actually hear God’s voice.
I certainly understood the value of making my kids nap when they were little… but, as teens, I should be teaching them to keep up that restful habit by learning to rest in God. Not an actual sleeping rest… but a valuable rest all the same.
So, here’s a parenting suggestion for moms and dads that doesn’t require much leg work… take a rest with your kids.
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,
for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest,
so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
Hebrews 4: 9-11
Do you think teaching your child to rest in God might make him/her more able to hear from God?
By Jenny Dean Schmidt
Wife of Mike and mother of two teenagers, a boy & girl.
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Executive Director, ChannelMom Media & Outreach and Host, ChannelMom Radio on 94.7 KRKS FM in Denver and also at channelmom.com