With soooooooooooo many fun songs out there, maybe there's an opportunity in front of us. By being strategic in the songs we choose to use with KiDs, we can give them the fertile soil they need to root their values and convictions in.
We home-schooled our kids for two years when they were in elementary school.
One of the modules we purchased for geography had songs included to help students memorize the continents and oceans of the world. They were extremely repetitive and yes, I have to admit they felt like the song that never ends!
...BUT THE SONGS WORKED!
Our kids are now adults, raising their own children, and I bet that if you asked them, they would still be able to sing those songs!
“Give instruction to a youth about his way
God encourages us to engage in conversation, to teach, train up and instruct our children about their ways and where it could lead them. We are not only to act out our faith but talk about it, share our stories and life lessons, and God’s miraculous interventions and salvation.
Wisdom is meant to be both taught & lived or it will fall like a kite with no wind or a seed without nourishing soil. You see (and kids always do see :) words just seem to fall short when the messenger isn’t living by them. Our actions can do the same if we don't take the time to explain the why behind the what.
There are definitely times in life when we are limited to what a circumstance would dictate - as in, sometimes silence is the only appropriate option. But, for our children, those in our homes, churches and schools, we have the responsibility over time, to train and instruct through what we say and what we do ... through who we are.
That’s why I love the opportunity music gives us! By creative repetition in lyric and song we have an immense window for a positive impact in a young child’s life. One that may continue on a playlist for life.
They will be forever grateful - - not to mention that you’ll be totally blessed as you watch them follow the path you’ve led them in.