Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord
By Becky Wyand
Psalm 86:11-12 “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, I Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.”
There are so many key thoughts in this passage for us to focus on. Consider:
“Teach me.” Ponder these words. Discuss with your older children what they really mean. Illustrate their meaning in your own life. Contrast teachable with un-teachable.
“Thy Trust – “ So often we want to so rearrange the truth to make is conform to what is acceptable. How can we encourage one another to hold to “the truth.” How do we know what it is?
“Glorify thy name – “ We hear much talk about our lives being a “glory to God.” If they are, what do they look like? What is in a name? What does glory ,mean and how do I know if I am glorifying Hid name?
2. Family Worship
Periodically evaluate your family worship. How do your children know that you are a worshiper? How do they know what is the object of your worship? When you come together to worship, is the focus on the family or on the Creator?
3. Pleasure, Mine And/Or God’s?
Rev. 4:11 “Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
If my life is going to give God pleasure, I must get o know him. When we entertain someone in our home we want them to have a good time. To allow for this good time we try to get to knew the person – what foods would he enjoy? What games would he like? Try to make the social time pleasant for the guest.
Likewise our schedule and activities should be arranged in such a way that God gets pleasure. The more personally I know Him the easier it is to do this.
4. Real Learning
Now that you are fully into the new school year begin to evaluate what you are teaching and why. Make it your responsibility so see that your children are not just “doing” school, but really are learning something. During real learning times students exercise many skills, especially thinking skills.
Examples of real learning opportunities might be :
1. What evidence can we find of a Creator God?
2. How do I find the answers to this oral math problem?
3. What ideas did a specific president have?
4. Where is Iraq (or any country) on the map?
5. Where do I go to find the answer to the question.
A specifically designed question is “How far is it to Grandma’s house? “ or “What do rabbits eat?”
Continue to evaluate your materials and methods of teaching to see if your students are expected to learn.
How do we require excellent academic work of our children while we are trying to teach them the concept of forgiveness? If a child is given an assignment and fails to meet the deadline do we offer forgiveness and excuse the failure? To answer this let’s look beyond the immediate illustration. Our goal is to train the child in Christ-likeness. Therefore:
1. We will not belittle and name call even if unfinished work is a habit.
2. We will offer organization and specific academic helps.
3. We will take little steps and hold the child accountable at each step.
4. We will offer a kind of forgiveness that takes away guilt and gives hope.
We offer am attitude of work well done well.
Beware allowing excuses to encourage laziness. Some excuses seem so legitimate, like sickness or family emergencies. Get older students need to see work as their responsibility in spite of circumstances. Some examples of dealing with this problem:
1. I know you have a terrible headache today. Maybe you will feel well enough to follow your schedule (or read your thee pages) later today. If not, you could do double tomorrow.
2. Take you science book with you as we run this errand for the neighbor.
3. I’ll help you reschedule this week’s activities since you missed the whole week with the flu.
7. Tattle Tales
The tattle is related to the gossip. As the heart matures it gets less pleasure out of seeing the bad in others. Therefore when we have tattletaling in our home we want to help the tattler search his heart for motive. We need not say, “No tattling allowed in this house.” In fact a properly motivated tattle is a great help in family training.
Ask your tattler:
1. Why did you want me to know that?
Or 2. What should I do with that information?
Or 3. Do you think you are giving a complete report?
Or 4. Would you be glad if I spanked your brother?