Most mornings, my 4 year old comes with me to the office as part of his morning routine. We get to the office at a certain time (Usually a few minutes late, but that's okay), I have some coffee, and do my Bible Study. Today, he came up (After observing me daily for a while, now) and said "What are you doing?" to which I responded "My morning Bible Study." This prompted him to ask "Daddy, can I watch you do it?" and, even though I was just reading from the book, there were no videos, and no other stimuli, he stayed the whole time. In fact, he's on my lap as I'm writing this now (typing is a lot more of a challenge this way) ! Why am I writing about this? Proverbs 22: 6 says "train up a child in the way he should go; when he is old, he will not depart from it." Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. We're to set that example before our children, teach them by doing, as well as in the words themselves. My 4 year old (And, indeed my other kids) know the importance of my quiet time, and they participate in it. Perhaps this is the best way to teach our generations the Gospel? To model it as we teach it. Who is watching you? Who at work, at school, the grocery store, or wherever you go is watching you do follow Jesus?