I’ve been teaching a 3-year-old the New City Catechism.
It was a supposed to be a lesson for her. I was going to systematically go through the questions and answers that explained our faith so that she would be a well-learned member of the church. I imagined that she would hide these little answers in her heart and when she was old would be able to recollect these little truths hidden inside.
But I am the one who is learning.
In my pride, I assumed that the learning was beneath me.
These timeless truths I was sowing into the heart of this child needed to take root within me. I knew them in a cerebral way but did not know them intimately.
The thing about teaching a child is that it’s never one and done. You have to be diligent. You need to remind them over and over and practice throughout the day. In teaching you child, you have no choice but to live out Deuteronomy 11:18-19:
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
When we ride to pre-school, I ask her the catechism questions and remind her of the truths. On the ride home, we repeat the questions again. During lunch, while taking a walk, and at bedtime, these questions are on our lips. If I forget to take the time, she forgets the questions. So I ask her again and again.
Because of this incessant question and answering, the seeds are burying deep into her heart and are sprouting up fruit in mine.
You see, I didn’t know I needed these truths because I knew the answers. What I wasn’t doing was putting them into practice throughout my thinking. Since I began going through the catechism questions multiple times a day, I have been reflecting on these truths constantly. My heart needs to be reminded constantly of the Word of God.
We hide these truths in our hearts so that we can reflect on them when we are weak.
But when I am weak, I often fail to draw to mind what I know the Lord wants me to. Teaching a child has by nature incorporated the Word of God over and over again into my day.
I don’t have to worry about pulling them into my mind. They are already there.
So I keep teaching the little ones in the backseat and the Lord keeps teaching me. As I gently lead them through the answers, He leads me to Himself and reminds me that I am still His child and that there is still so much to learn.
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Bailey Suzio’s journey started out in Michigan, where she grew up as the oldest of 10 (yes, ten) children, and has led her to Hawaii with her husband and their two dogs. In addition to her love for the Lord and her family, her great passions are coffee and collecting an exorbitant amount of books. Bailey has spent the last few years teaching and working with a local church. She writes at http://thethinplace.net/ about her life, faith, and infertility journey.