The Obedience Game
parents, the best verse in the Bible is Colossians 3:20: "Children, obey your
parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."
come so many KIDS don't seem to know that verse?
have weekly devotions with your whole family where you can read that verse and
talk about it together occasionally, or you just haul out your Bible and quote
it to them, parents need to teach the obedience lesson to their children. It's
one of the most important tasks of parenthood.
fun way to get it done: create an "Obedience Game."
furniture in your family room to the sides. Tape a length of masking tape or
duct tape down the middle of the room.
Now, on the
right-hand side of the line, dump a bunch of hard, plastic Legos, all along the
length of the line on the right-hand side. Keep the left-hand side clear of
anything but nice, soft carpet. Put a snack, coloring book or other treat at
the "finish line."
children out of the room so that they can't see what's going to happen. Have
them take off their shoes and socks so that they are barefoot.
blind-fold the first child. Tell him or her that this is a game about obeying.
Tell him or her to listen to your instructions, and obey you, and things will
your child along the line, one step at a time. You might have to instruct him
or her to step a little more to the left or the right to stay on the line.
through, say, "Let's see what happens if you obey or disobey our instructions.
First, take a giant step to the left."
will do so.
back onto the line."
will do so.
going to tell you to do it again - take a giant step to the left. Only YOU are
doing to disobey me. YOU are going to choose to take a giant step to the
child does, he or she will step on the hard, plastic Legos - OUCH!
that pain is the natural consequence of disobedience, and avoiding pain is why
children should mind their parents - just as all of us should obey God.
child, and let him or her have the snack or treat at the end of the line. It's
a little bit of a foretaste of the rewards in heaven for those who are smart
enough to walk a straight line, straight to God.