Showing God to Your Infants and Toddlers

Parents often ask how can they make God real to their toddlers. Living Deuteronomy 6:5-7 is a start. This passage provides a mandate to talk to all of your children about God all the time. The common emphasis given to this passage focuses on the beginning of verse seven: "Impress them on your children" or "teach them diligently." But verse seven is the outcome of the directions from verses five and six. These words urge that God is to be loved so passionately that his commands will be on the hearts of his people. Once this heart infusion of the love of God takes place the result will be that the love for God's commands will overflow from the mouth of those teaching and into the lives of their children. This is not mere information transfer. This is being so in love with God and his commands that this becomes the focal point of conversations with children on a 24/7 basis.

So, what does this have to do with toddlers and infants? In the crush of life it is possible to go hours if not days and not talk about God and how special he is. This is particularly true with the very young who are not yet engaging in back and forth verbal communication. This is exactly what Deuteronomy is telling parents to avoid. There must not be huge gaps of time when God is not talked about. (If you think this is just an Old Testament concept look at passages like 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:16-17.)

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]