by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies – Learning to Focus
Editor’s note: I think it’s pretty safe to say that everyone’s minds wander upon occasion and daydreaming is no sin. It’s normal behavior. Most of the time it’s harmless to daydream. I suspect that when all the scientific evidence is in they will discover that daydreaming is important for dealing with stress. Teaching a child to focus when the information and the task are important isn’t a bad thing, but equating a normal brain function as something to be drilled out of everyone isn’t healthy. In Quiverfull it’s another devil behind a bush. Demonizing normal behavior yet again.
Do you ever get into a dream when reading or listening to God’s Word? I have the best intentions to not let my mind wander, but it still happens. Even this morning at Family Devotions as Colin read the Word to us I found my mind wandering. I started thinking about Bowen and Kahoru’s wedding that is coming in May. Help! I had to immediately focus again.
That’s why I believe it is imperative to ask questions at Family Devotions when we read God’s Word to our children. If it is easy for our minds to wander, what about our children? They can begin dreaming about other things. Questions keep them focused on what God is saying. Questions keep them interested and attentive.
I find I need the questions too. There are times when Colin asks a question and I am guilty and must ask, “Darling, can you please read that Scripture again?” I didn’t comprehend it properly as I was not intently focusing at that moment.
This is not only a challenge to ourselves, but in the training of our children. What kind of children are you training? Those who are being trained to stay babies, go to church once a week and open their mouths like little birds to receive food from the pastor or minister? Or are you training children to discipline their eyes, ears, and hearts to hear what the Spirit is saying. They are learning to hear personally.
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