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Out of the Mouth of Babes

Steve Demme

Last summer I had the privilege of speaking at a state homeschool convention. On Friday I led a few men's workshops and offered the book, The Christian Home and Family Worship for free, to those who would commit to reading all 90pages within thirty days of the event.

Saturday morning, the very next day, one of the dads informed me he had read the entire book the previous night. Before he left for the second day of the convention, he spent some time with his eight year old daughter. He asked her if there was anything she would like to share with him so he could pray for her.

She looked him in the eye and said, "Did you learn that at the conference?" The two of us looked at each other and burst into laughter.

But as I pondered his words, my heart was stirred. This short and wonderful father-daughter interaction spoke to me on several levels.

First, the dad diligently read the book in one evening, and applied what he learned at the first opportunity. He was not only a hearer, but a doer of the word. Kudos to him.

Secondly, he is a lifelong learner. He devoted two days to attend a conference to be a better husband and father and be with other kindred spirits who are seeking the same things. My eyes are welling with tears as I write these words. I love these guys for investing time to be a better servant leader in their home. May God bless and keep them!

Thirdly, eight year old children don't miss much. That precious child was right on target. She knew her parents were attending a conference and was not surprised when they were different at home as a result. What an impression her dad made on her as she witnessed this humble man learning and growing.

We read in Genesis that Abraham was ninety-nine years old and still being taught life lessons from His Heavenly Father. One of my sons told me that the most encouraging thing about me was, I am always learning and growing. May God help us to always be growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:18).

Jesus has another name for humble lifelong learners. He calls these committed individuals, disciples. And not only disciples, but also brothers, sisters, and friends. "Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." (Matthew 12:50)Another encouraging passage is John 15:14 "You are my friends if you do what I command you."

I am looking forward to being with you in Modesto in July. May our good God bless and keep us ever learning and growing,


Steve Demme is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families. In addition to his weekly podcasts, he produces a monthly newsletter and other resources to strengthen and encourage parents. Learn more about these at www.buildingfaithfamilies.org. 

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