“Old School” is a phrase that points back to a time when some things just seemed to be better. Some old school cars continue to be appreciated because of their beauty, dependability, and capability. Old school music is often appreciated due to guitar solos and vocal harmony without layered, studio reverb, and Auto-Tune pitch correction). In short, “Old School” is something we should welcome back into our fast-past contemporary lives.
For example, consider Psalm 78:5-8, “For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.”
Way back then, discipleship started in the home. If we want our children to love and follow the one true God passionately and consistently, we would do well to keep it “old school”– go back to that ancient foundational practice in our contemporary lives. What are YOU doing to help your children “not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments”?
Here are some practical ideas to engage on a regular basis:
Talk about who God is and what God commands.
Read the Scriptures together.
Pray with your children.
Be the example of what you expect.
It is foolish to expect our children to, “Do as I say, not as I do”. Kids see right through that hypocrisy and it usually leads to following in the footsteps, “as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.”
As parents and mentors who love Jesus, it is our great privilege and responsibility to lead them to love Him.