Are you a DIYer? It doesn't come easy to me. I was never taught how to use the tools. Or maybe there was an attempt and I didn't show much interest. If my parents needed something changed in the house, they usually called someone else to come over and do it. I've had to learn how to use a variety of tools, and with the help of friends and a lot of YouTube, I've been able to complete several projects - such as replacing the toilet, replacing light fixtures, replacing a faucet, laying down a wood floor, etc.
Anyways, not too long ago I decided to build a simple shelf to put in our cupboard to maximize the space. When I say simple. I mean simple! It's just a board laid between two other pieces of wood. I decided to use it as an opportunity to show my boys how to use some simple tools. So, I showed them how to use a drill and screwdriver, and they then had a chance to actually use the tools themselves - with my guidance, of course! They had a blast, and we are making some plans on what else we could build together.
That didn't happen all by itself. It was intentional. I had to make a plan and share that plan and explain what we were going to do. I had to give some assistance. Would it have been quicker to have done it by myself? Yes - but I would have lost a teaching moment.
It makes me think about passing down our faith - it has to be intentional, or my faith might not be handed down to my kids. Our kids will pick up some things by watching us, but they learn more by actually doing it. That can be hard because it's easy to teach a child how to use a drill, but it's harder to teach them how to pray. It's easy to teach a child how to use a screwdriver, but it's more difficult to teach them how to apply what they read in the Bible to their life.
Now some people would say that is the job of the church. The church is there to reinforce what kids should be hearing in the home. Sometimes we just make it more difficult than it should be. For example, Moses said in Deuteronomy 6:6 "Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." As we interact with our children, we should naturally bring up issues of faith. There can be conversations in the car, at the dinner table, while doing yard work, etc. We have to have conversations with our children - if we aren't engaging them, they will find someone to engage with, and the message we want to communicate may not be communicated.
"Nort's Stories" is classified as a children's book, but I would actually classify it as a family book. It is a tool to help start conversations and talk about things that are important. It can be a springboard to enter into discussions about topics such as tone of voice; parents can use it to share their experiences and where they've had success, or where they have made mistakes. Grandparents, aunts and uncles can do the same thing. Use the book as a spring board, talk about your life and how God has moved - or how you wish you had trusted God but didn't. We learn from the good examples as well as the bad examples - but it's difficult to learn from no examples. The key is to be intentional.
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