How to Disciple in A Way That Your Child Will Love

Many mornings Danielle sits at the table with our son to eat breakfast while I stand at the counter. One morning we ate each in our places. Our son had a waffle and asked Danielle for some honey on it.

If I remember correctly, the little guy demanded for the honey on his waffle. I am sure Danielle responded with, “Hey buddy, are you telling or asking? Try that again using some good words.”

After he rephrased his request asking in a proper way, Danielle happily poured sweet honey over his waffle.

Danielle was working on a Bible study as they ate. She laughed out loud as she had just read this verse:

Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.Proverbs 24:13-14 NIV

She looked at our son and paraphrased the verse for him. “Son, do you know that honey is in the Bible? You like the way honey tastes don’t you?”

Of course he does! He loves it!

“Well”, she continued, “the Bible says that wisdom is like honey.”

“What is wisdom?”, he asked. Great question.

“Wisdom is making good choices.” A great definition that a four-year-old could understand.

Our son turns to me, “Hey dad! Did you know that honey is in the Bible?” “Making good choices is like honey!”

“Yes, my son, that is right. Remember that and you will go along way in this life.”

I looked at Danielle and smiled. She was discipling our son in a way that he loved. And, I loved her for that.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on 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.Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV

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I am a longtime Austinite. Married my beautiful wife over 25 years ago. Adopted our son September 2012. Currently a writer and loving it. Previous jobs and careers include project management, missionary, and pastor. I enjoy sports (both watching and playing), traveling, reading, digging in dirt and hanging with my friends and family.

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