Recently, the following has been a really favorite scripture of mine:
” 1 Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—
2 And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins.
3 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.” = Enos 1:1-3
I love this scripture block because we get an insight on how to be an effective and great parent. Kind of – I guess. Here, Enos tells us that Jacob was just, and that he taught his son in his language and in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
I just realized, I’ve written about this before. But, it is still relevant in my life, as I’m still a parent!
The thing about Jacob and Enos, Jacob’s teaching was effective enough to have an impact on Enos. While Enos is on his own, Jacob’s words sunk deep into Enos’s heart – causing Enos’s soul to hunger. Consequently, Enos “wrestled before God.” This brought upon a change of heart and commitment to the Lord. We can see that Jacob’s teaching and parenting had a big impact, positively, on Enos.
So – here’s the thing, it makes me ask, What am I teaching my children? What do I want to be teaching my children?
There are times when I’m teaching my children things that aren’t great. I teach them (through example) to eat too many sweets. I may also be teaching them to be impatient. There are times, when I teach them to be a slob! Anyways – these things are important to know, but I don’t want to dwell on them.
I want to think about what I am teaching them.
- I am teaching them how to pray.
- I am teaching them how to read the scriptures. I hope that they will also learn to love them.
- I am teaching them to serve the Lord.
- I am teaching them that motherhood is important.
- I am teaching them that Christ is our Savior.
- I am teaching them that they are beloved daughters (and a beloved son!) of God.
I hope to teach them so much more, too. I hope to teach them to be creative, kind, happy, active. I hope to teach them to be curious, hard-working, compassionate, and balanced. I hope to teach them that they have power within them – to be the kind of people that Heavenly Father sees. I hope they learn to stay true to themselves while true to the Lord.
I hope that they will learn how to be truly happy.
What are you teaching your children, or those children that you influence?