The Most Important Thing to Teach A Child

I was watching a rerun of the show Family Feud with Steve Harvey. He asked this question. A man in one of the families answered, “Praying”. That nasty buzzer sounded and a big red X came across the screen.  My heart sank as his shoulders slumped. A few other answers were somewhat honorable – the number one response was manners. Others were not so grand, like do not pick your nose in public.

What is the most important thing to teach a child? The same thing that we should learn as well.

That we have a God who loves us so much and considers each of us of such great value that he voluntarily died the most painful death imaginable so we could be with Him in heaven.
All of our behaviors, morals and actions should be built on that firm foundation.

Long before Christ walked the earth, his ancestor, David wrote this song

2 I will ponder the way that is blameless…

I will walk with integrity of heart

within my house;

3 I will not set before my eyes

anything that is worthless.

I hate the work of those who fall away;

it shall not cling to me.

4A perverse heart shall be far from me;

I will know nothing of evil.           Psalm 101


What if we took these verses to heart – and taught that to our children as well?  Children are imitators of their parents. What have you set before your eyes this week that is worthless? Do you have integrity even when no one is looking? Are you 1o0% honest and will not be tainted by anyone who is not? Is your heart pure?

These are things worth striving for and we should teach our children that this psalm should be our standard. But, they also need to know that when they fall short, as we all do, they have a God who loves them anyway and is waiting for them to say they are sorry.  Only one man on earth was the perfect all the time. And now, He is in Heaven pleading our case before the Judge of the Universe.

What’s the most important lesson to teach a child? Believe. Believe Jesus died for you. Believe that He loves you . Believe that you are forgiven, so forgive others and forgive yourself.  AND yes, pray.