Wednesday, February 17, 2010
God's Word is Like a Smoke Detector
My main priority in homeschooling N is to focus first and foremost on his character-not academics. So even though we're taking it easy on the "official" learning for now, there are so many opportunities in our day in/day out lives that lend themselves to a teachable moment. And this just so happened to be one of them...
N and I had started our devotional this morning by reading this Bible verse: "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16,17
This was the second verse: "But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says." James 1:22
As if on cue, the smoke detector in my bedroom started beeping its low battery warning! Can we say, "Teachable moment?"
I told N, "Pretend that we never changed out the battery-we ignored the warning. Then, if the house ever caught on fire, would the smoke detector be able to do its job and wake you up, alerting you to danger? It's the same thing with the Bible. His word is full of instructions, warnings-alerting you to dangers, encouragements and directions for how to live our lives and to keep us out of danger; but if we're not reading His word and putting it into practice, it doesn't do us any good either!"
And better yet, God's Word doesn't run on batteries! It's always fully charged. ;)