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I think some of you will remember a time when electricity was a luxury instead of a necessity. Look at where we are today. Electricity is in nearly every home and business in Altus. We view this technology as a necessity instead of a luxury. Over the past days, the electricity has been out and it has changed how I go about my day…because of the lack of electricity, many businesses were closed and unable to operate. Through this I was unable to go to work and pursue a normal day. Not only had the city of Altus shut down because of the blackout, but also my ability to perform normal day-to-day activities.

Deuteronomy 6 is probably one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. I like this chapter because no matter how long this earth stands, these words will apply to every people and every generation that walk the earth. It not only gives us our greatest command to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5), but it also tells us what we need to be doing as families to create faith in our children. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Moses continues: “These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hand and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”

It is through these Scriptures that we know that we should love God. Through these Scriptures we also understand that it is our job to show and teach our children how to love God. You don’t have to go far in Scripture to find out how well the people of Israel listened to these words of Moses from God. Moses died and Joshua led the people into the land of Canaan. Joshua was a righteous man and followed God and led the people toward God. In Judges 2, we see how well the Israelites obeyed the commands of God that were spoken by Moses. <b> Joshua has led the people into Canaan and they have triumphed in taking possession of the land. Joshua has now died and the elders that outlived him have passed away also. “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10). Wow! One generation passed and God was forgotten!

Many times we do not realize how important something is until it is gone. Over the years we have taken electricity for granted. Through this ‘black-out’ I believe that we truly understand how important electricity is to our lives.

As a church let’s not lose an entire generation before we realize the importance of teaching our children to love God. Electricity is something that is out of our control. The next generation is something that we have control over and God fully expects us to “impress these things” on the next generation of His church.

By Daniel Ingram, Elm & Hudson church of Christ bulletin, Altus, OK

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