“I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that He has done” Psalm 78:2-4.
The greatest gift I can ever give to my children is not something that can be wrapped in a package or purchased from Amazon. It cannot be stored in a playroom or displayed on a shelf. It does not flash or ding. It cannot be thrown or bounced. It is something very old, actually. It comes from the Ancient of Days, in fact. Though it is itself ancient, it does not fade. It is not irrelevant. My parents gave it to me, and generations before them passed this gift on to them. Goodwill does not sell it. Ebay cannot bid on it. Etsy cannot craft it. All of the wealth in the world cannot not buy it.
The greatest gift I can ever give to my children is truth.
…the truth of the “glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that He has done.”
…the truth of redemption.
I will open my mouth.
I will utter dark sayings from of old, “things that [I] have heard and known, that [my] fathers have told [me].”
I will not hide the truth from my children.
The question is, “how much energy is invested in this “truth giving”?” What am I really giving my children? More enrichment activities? More toys? More t.v.? More sports? I can give my children these things, but not at the expense of truth. If Jesus is not seen in all of the stuff and fluff in our day, then what is the point of all of this? How am I not giving my children what the world gives their children, then? No, I must give them Jesus, the Word of truth. He must be clearly seen in my attitude, in my words, and in the day-to-day goings on. In the mundane, and in the all-important. On Sundays and on Mondays. In discipline and in baking cookies. If my children do not receive truth from me, then I have never given them anything.