David Michael is Pastor for Parenting and Family Discipleship at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. I was reading his Vision for Ministry to Children and Their Parents over the holidays, and I ran across this excellent quote on effective teaching:
Adults will only be effective teachers if these words are "on their heart." [Deuteronomy 6:6] If these words are on their heart, adults will be able to teach their children in every situation of life, whether they are sitting, walking, or lying down. This point is utterly crucial. What parents end up teaching children is what they (parents) treasure and love. If If they love God with all their hearts, they will seek to instill that love in their children in every situation which arises. Therefore, the most important thing the church can do for children is to trumpet a vision of God and nurture adults in the wisdom of the Scriptures.
May the Lord mold our hearts and turn them toward his Word this new year. May we wonder at his grace found in the stories of the Bible. May our children see this wonder and be amazed themselves.