“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He has done,” Psalm 78:4
As a parent, I value what my children are being taught, not only in school but in life. I care about what they see and hear, and what information is being processed in their minds. Our age of technology has a lot to offer. A lot of ways to take things in but, as with food, everything that goes in is not good for you or your children.
Over and over again in the Bible, we see the importance of passing the wonderful truths on that we have learned. I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what your socioeconomic status is or what is your educational background, there are valuable experiences in you that come from living this life, things worthy to be passed on, to enrich another’s life with what you have learned.
The cool thing about it is there are others who may not be in your family but can still reap the rewards of what you have lived through. They can glean off of what you have personally gone through to gain a better understanding of the world we live in and the God we serve. You have something valuable to teach those all around you. Your life becomes the classroom.
“Shewing to the generation to come.” What can you show them? Are there pitfalls that one can avoid if they follow your advice? Are there mountains another can summit by walking in your example? You, yourself, have learned some stuff along the way. Why not leave something along the pathway of this journey (Hansel and Gretel), for another to follow? Don’t hide it, show it! Don’t keep it all for yourself, mentor another. Give them a good foundation to start off on.
Don’t think within yourself, “I have nothing to offer.” You have lessons learned from your whole life. God saw value in you, to bring you through this far. Let your life lead those who are coming behind you. Breadcrumbs, if you will, on the road to help another find their direction. Each of us has within us the ability to be a teacher. To live a life others will want to follow. To teach others the lessons learned. You have a voice, literal or not, let it be heard. Don’t shake your head at the generation coming after you. Show them there is something better.
Let them know why you praise God the way you do. Let them know of “His strength, and His wonderful works that He has done!” Let them know! “Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,” (Isaiah 62:6). We are losing a generation of believers – NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE QUIET! Let the truth of your faith ring loud. If you don’t do it, then who will? Who will you leave the job to? Isn’t that the problem now? The responsibility of who should do this is being shuffled around leaving no clear pathway. I say we all need to stop the shuffling because this is not a game of cards. This is about life! We all need to be more active in our individual roles as teachers, models, tutors, mentors – no matter what you call it, actively seek to be a participator and not a spectator. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. There’s a lot of potential in those coming after us. Potential that none will ever see unless someone is willing to teach them the way.