The Quick Reference Guide

Ever notice that everything you buy comes with a ridiculously large instruction manual? A couple of weeks ago I couldn’t remember how to change a certain setting on my office phone so I pulled out the 164 page manual and started thumbing through. About 30 seconds into this, I realized that I could probably find a searchable version online and started looking for it. I found the manual on the NEC website, but also found something they called the “Quick Reference Guide” which is a six-page brochure complete with diagrams of buttons and descriptions of the most used features. Now that piece of literature is valuable.

I know a lot has been made of Deuteronomy 6 by Randall House in the past few years and I love how that chapter resembles a Quick Reference Guide for parents. Here are the FAQs:

Q What is the goal for my family?
A Obey God
D6 2fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life.

Q When should I teach these things to my children?
A All the time
D6 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Q How can I teach them to my children?
A By putting God’s commands in front of them constantly
D6 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Q What do we do when everything is going right?
A Remember how God helped during the struggles
D6 12then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Q Is it ok to offer other religious options to my children?
A Absolutely not
D6 14You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you— 15for the LORD your God in your midst is a jealous God— lest the anger of the LORD your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.

Q What if my children ask why we live differently than other people?
A Use this as an opportunity to share your faith
D6 20 “When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the LORD our God has commanded you?’ 21then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes. 23And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers. 24And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day. 25And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us.’


About Jeff Postlewaite

high school principal since '07, father since '04, teacher since '03, husband since '03, sound tech since '96, UVA fan since '92, gadget junkie since '89, Christian since '88, Giants fan since '84, golfer since '83, brother since '83, human since '81

Posted on July 5, 2011, in Biblical Thought and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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