Read Deuteronomy 11:18-21
“Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 11:19).
If you have children or spend a great deal of your time with children, you know that they hear everything, even if they are in another room occupied with toys, books, and movies, they somehow can hear, comprehend, and repeat your every word verbatim – that is if you are not giving orders. How miraculous is this? Well, not very miraculous. Your child is not unique in this sense, because our Heavenly Father has crafted each and every one of us in this same manner. We have the capacity to hear with our ears, process the information with our brains, and digest it in our hearts for future reference.
God formed us in a manner in which the words that we hear shape our life – they determine our future behaviors. This is why he tells us to speak his word when we are doing everyday activities at home such as relaxing in the recliner, during the morning or evening walk, and at rising and resting, so that our children will hear and do his will.
Be aware of what you say around and to your children, because they will repeat what you say, and perform in the same manner. Toxic words produce toxic and deadly behaviors, while loving words create love, power, beauty, and successful behaviors.
I encourage you today to speak God’s word or words of empowerment to your children and the children in your care. In doing so, God promises to lengthen not only your days, but the days of your children.