I remember my father telling stories about growing up in the Ozark Mountains. It was even more fun when he would get together with Grandma or Aunt Ella and they would reminisce together. I heard of adventures like trying to ride a goat, or capturing a buzzard, or lassoing a rattlesnake or discovering an old moonshine barrel — in case you’re wondering the barrel was empty, but they rolled it down the mountain for fun!
Hearing stories is a lot of fun for a child. I know my Dad also enjoyed telling them. Did you know the Bible tells fathers they should share stories with their children and grandchildren? Deuteronomy 4:9 says, “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
But I should note that this command is not just to tell any old story. In the passage, Moses was telling the Israelites to tell their children about all the miraculous things God had done and about the commandments he had given them to observe. So, fathers tell your children the stories from the Bible and how God has worked in your life. Teach them to follow Jesus. They’ll love hearing you tell stories! I think you’ll also love telling them the stories of God too!
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