“I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.”—Romans 15:14
“It’s just so excited! You get to be my teacher!” That was Michael’s way of saying he was excited that I was helping his teacher that day. Andrea shows her excitement when she sees me helping at her school by making a point to stop whatever she’s doing, good timing or not, and come give me an enormous hug and kiss. It doesn’t seem to matter how frenzied or ugly the school morning rush was. It all disappears as they connect with me on a “teacher level.”
I have no teaching background but I hold that profession in very high regard both as a mother and as a teacher’s helper. I find we are commissioned repeatedly in Scripture to teach both our children and others about the truth we know. Try checking out even just a few of these verses the next time you have a potty break, the only kind we get sometimes, right? See Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 29:17, Mark 16:15, Matthew 5:14-16, Daniel 12:3, John 15:4-7, Proverbs 8:17, Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 4:2-5.
I admit to nagging doubts when it comes to sharing with others what “I know” about God’s truth. Did I misinterpret? Misquote? Leave something out? Add too much? But I found the fool-proof training ground for my spiritual growth emerged as I took seriously the opportunity to become a teacher that being a stay-at-home mom presented. As I take advantage of this season with our kids, these doubts are giving way to confidence in the Holy Spirit as I experience repeatedly the power and truth behind Jesus’ promise in Matthew 10:19-20, “Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
I’m no Bible scholar, but I can tell you God honors and blesses every small effort I put into teaching our children with what little I know. Frankly, when I got serious about teaching them, I discovered how much more I learned from their Beginner Bible Cards, their Day-by-Day devotional book and their KidsQuest Bible than I did with mine. I needed the pictures and simple explanations more at 30 than they did at three and 18 months.
It doesn’t matter how you start growing spiritually, just that you GROW and realize there’s always more room for growth. I learned just last week a verse that convinced our six-year-old daughter to stop asking for more doughnuts, “If you find honey (insert “sweets” here), eat just enough—too much of it, and you will vomit.” That is actually found in Proverbs 25:16.
If that little nugget of Solomon’s wisdom doesn’t convince you how important it is to begin building your child’s – and your own – foundation of faith, maybe this will. How will you fill in the blank when your life mimics this scene right out of Deuteronomy 6:20-21, “In the future, when your son asks you, ‘What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?’ tell him…”
Have your children never asked you “Why?” or “How come?” They will. Have you never been hurt by this world? Your children will too. Teach them now how to grow spiritually rather than wither under such pressures. And begin now, while you’re their favorite teacher.
“We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” --Colossians 1:9-10,12