Modeling Christ To Our Children!

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deut. 6:6–7 NKJV)

If you have not read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom yet, make sure to move it up to next on your reading list. The Hiding Place is the personal account of Corrie Ten Boom’s faith and experiences through the absolute worst of times. From the Nazi invasion of Holland to her arrest and imprisonment in a concentration camp, Cornelia Ten Boom’s faith is so inspiring and relevant for us today! 

Throughout The Hiding Place, the reader becomes very aware of the beautiful Christian example and influence that Casper Ten Boom (Corrie's father) modeled for his children. It is quite refreshing especially when you consider modern parenting trends! The four Ten Boom children grew up to be outstanding citizens in the Kingdom of God! The boldness and faith of the Ten Booms through the unbelievable trials that they would endure is inspiring and a wonderful example of Christian conviction and faith to honor our Savior above all else.

Casper Ten Boom was a very devout man of God. Prayer and Bible discussions were as regular in his household as the many clocks that kept time in their watch shop. Every day was centered first on their Lord and every life lesson was accompanied with spiritual truth as he helped his children to depend more and more on their Lord.      
   I want to share with you a few of the essential habits that I learned from Casper Ten Boom, and I want to encourage you, parents/grandparents, to start applying them in your households and with your children. I know some of these lessons may seem obvious but as a parent, I know that the business of life brings with it the temptation to put off these godly habits. 

The first essential habit for parents to model is prayer! Corrie Ten Boom wrote that every morning, the workshop was opened with prayer and a Bible reading. The whole family took part in this as well as the employees. How wonderful to teach our children that every day should begin with committing ourselves to do our Lord's will and live for Him. The Ten Boom family witnessed their father pray at the beginning of the day, before and after every meal, when visitors arrived and when they left. Casper would petition the Lord to help him with repairing complicated watch problems. Corrie writes, "Praying was never an embarrassment for us, whether it was with the family together or when a stranger came in. Father prayed because he had a good Friend to talk over the problems of the day; he prayed because he had a direct connection with his Maker when he had a concern; he prayed because there was so much for which he wanted to thank God." 1   Casper Ten Boom modeled to his children a dependence upon God in everything! Certainly, that impacted his children's coming decision to harbor Jews and save the lives of many!

The second essential habit Casper Ten Boom modeled for His children was obedience to God's word! Corrie wrote, "Discussing the truths of the Bible was as natural to our family as talking about sports or current events." 2 The Bible was where the Ten Boom family learned God's will, were comforted with God's promises, and were spiritually nourished for each day! The first time Corrie encountered death as a child it brought great fear into her soul. That night at the dinner table her father read from Psalm 46:2, “Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” Corrie wrote, " If (the Bible) said not to fear, then God would take care of it. I felt secure again." 3  Wow! How relevant to us and our children today! 

These first two habits laid the foundation for their children's lives to be built upon the Lord. The Ten Boom house was not run by fear nor legalism but it was naturally living unto the Lord. When I read about their household and family it is evident their faith was integrated into every aspect of their lives. Their King was Jesus and His will was applied from clock repairs to patriotism as they lived in great expectation of His return! 

Casper and his wife lived boldly for Christ before their children. They witnessed Christ to all they came in contact with, they ministered to the sick and grieving, they would regularly deliver meals to the forgotten. They truly are wonderful Christian models for parenting. This bold living for Christ enabled their children to become bold men and women of God as well. While in Ravensbruck Concentration-Camp Corrie and her sister Betsie never stopped living boldly for their Savior. Corrie writes, "So began the closest, most joyous weeks of all the time in Ravensbruck. In the sanctuary of God’s fleas, Betsie and I ministered the Word of God to all in the room. We sat by deathbeds that became doorways of heaven. We watched women who had lost everything grow rich in hope. The knitters of Barracks 28 became the praying heart of the diseased body that was Ravensbruck, interceding for all in the camp—guards, under Betsie’s prodding, as well as prisoners. We prayed beyond the walls for the healing of Germany, of Europe, of the world. As we prayed, God spoke to us." 4

We live in unprecedented times with no assurance of tomorrow. Today, however, today is a great day to model Christ with our children! Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday! 

In His service,  Dave


       
        1-3  Boom, Corrie Ten, Carlson, Carole. (1976). In My Father's House: 

      The Years Before the Hiding place. Carmel, N.Y. ,  Guideposts.

 

4  Boom, Corrie Ten, Sherrill, John & Elizabeth. (1971). The Hiding                        Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom. Netherlands,
               
Chosen Books.

 

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