Spiritually Investing in the Lives of Your Kids

A simple way to invest spiritually in the lives of your kids by Greg Koukl

Here’s a clever drill I’ve stumbled upon that’s got to be the simplest, most efficient way to make a spiritual investment in the lives of your kids. I picked it up at my daughters’ classical Christian school where they use it to great effect.

It’s an ingenious repetition/response exercise called a “callout” you can employ anytime you’re with your kids to teach them the practical value of Bible verses, proverbs, or other short, instructional sayings to guide their conduct.

This is how it works. Tell your kids you want to teach them a game to help them memorize practical sayings, some from the Bible. Here’s one you might start with: A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Prov. 15:1). Tell them you’ll say the first parts, and they can respond with the second parts, like this:

A gentle answer… (parent)

     Turns away wrath. (child)

But a harsh word… (parent)

     Stirs up anger. (child)

Be sure to put some emotion into it, animating your lines in a way that’s appropriate to the words. Speak gently with the first half, but growl out the “harsh word” portion, letting the kids ham up their anger in response. You get the idea. They’ll love it. Plus, they’ll memorize the verse almost instantly. And so will you…


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