Today, June 25, 2017 we continued a three part series about the importance of storytelling. In Psalm 78: 1-8 God gives us a commandment to tell our children and grandchildren about the truth of God’s word so that they will be equipped to face life and to understand that they are the children of God. It is clearly our responsibility and not the responsibility of institutions to do this for each generation.
“Listen, dear friends, to God’s Truth, and pay attention to what I say. I am going to use wise sayings. I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths, stories we heard from our Fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee. We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation – about the Lord’s power and the marvelous things He has done. He gave laws to the people of Israel and commandments to the descendants of Jacob, then commanded our parents to teach it to their children so that the next generation might learn them and in turn should tell their children so they will never forget the works of God but keep His commandments to the letter. They will not be like their ancestors, a rebellious and disobedient people, whose trust in God was never firm and who did not remain faithful to Him.”
We teach with words and we teach by example even if we don’t use words. Our friend, John Weaver wrote a book… actually, he wrote three books about his family’s history. The latest of the three, “Write Your Own Damn Book” is a collection of memories by John about his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many other people including students.
He was encouraged to put together this collection by one of his daughters and wants to leave these stories not just as history, but as teaching moments for his family. John would like the people who see a picture of his grandfather to see it not only as a photo, but to bring it to life with stories about him as a real person. He says in the book, “My dad was a part of everything I have done. He taught me how to be a man by example not just words. I learned the values of honesty and responsibility by watching him. I always knew if my dad said something he meant it.”
Thank you, John, for sharing your example of how to carry out the commandment given to us in Psalm 78.