Most of us want to be “great” at something. Well if you have children … I want to share with you what I believe you are the greatest at … (pardon my poor grammar, but work with me) Are you ready? … You’re going to be surprised! You’re the greatest theology teacher your children will ever have!
I can hear you saying, “No way … I’m no theologian … and I am not a professional educator!!” It doesn’t matter … as one poet sang … “that’s the way God planned it … that’s the God wants it to be!” (Bob Dylan) Let me explain.
Psalm 139 tells us that we are not only wonderfully made, the writer tells us that we were knitted together in our mother’s womb. God knew who our mothers were going to be … (and fathers too)… but let’s process that a little more … if our moms and dads were custom-made to be our moms and dads … that means their moms and dads were “special order” too … God knew who had to be with whom to make all of the characteristics that He wanted to give to you!! That is mind-boggling … but God is an awesome God.
So it is my belief … and I want it to become yours as well … that God intended and designed (planned) for you to have the children that you have. They are not an accident … and they were not switched at birth … they are a pre-ordained special delivery. That means … of all the parents in the world that God could have given your children to … He designed, built and delivered them to you! You were designed and custom-built by God to be their parents …. nobody is better designed to be their mom or dad than you are!
Being their parent gives you several powerful advantages in teaching them. You have built-in connection … relationship … affection … and time. All key ingredients to being an excellent educator. As far as theology … you have the God-given position of being His representative. Of all the word pictures God could have chosen to teach us about Himself … He selected family. He wants to be known as our “Father!” So think about it … how we “be” parents … is teaching our children about the love, character and nature of God Himself … hence you are the greatest theology teacher your children will ever have … they will see and understand God .. the way the see and understand you!