National Days. It is just a fun and silly way of remembering things, perhaps celebrating them. For instance, today October 31st is –
National Knock Knock Jokes Day.
Seriously, who knew? You probably thought I was going to say something about Halloween. But no.
Knock knock jokes. Those silly and ridiculous jokes every kid loves to tell. And our family was no different.
The years of driving my son to elementary school were ones familiar to joke books. He always had one, or two, sometimes three joke books with him in the car. Sometimes, it was Calvin and Hobbs.
Those were the years when children were permitted to sit in the front seat. He would read them all the way to school and laughter filled the car. I’m still not sure if I was laughing at the actual joke or at the sheer sound of him laughing till he was wiping his eyes. But the joke books took many a ride with us.
One silly tweet, one national day, and one graphic all rolled together to make me realize – let’s love deeply.
Our children are now adults, married and with children of their own. The knock knock jokes are not read to me by my own children any longer but maybe by the next generation. Talk surrounds politics, news events, and religion. We don’t always see eye to eye on everything. There are days the knock knock jokes were way funnier than our adult discussions.
Today my heart is filled with appreciation for the “ministry” of knock knock jokes in our family. I am grateful for the rides in the car and the conversations held within our travels. My gratitude runs deep as I have never forgotten a teaching by Chuck Swindoll in which he encouraged parents to develop authenticity with their children.
Teaching our children the precepts of God will only happen in the everyday and ordinary goings on:
“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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-9, NKJV)
Our homes and our tables must be safe environments for relevant and needed conversations. Our words need to be grace filled and covered in love.
May our homes be slathered thickly in the love of Jesus
and rooted in His Word.