Don’t Fence Me In


Community-Building: Follow the Rules


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Deuteronomy 6:18

Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight so that it may go well with you.


Who likes to follow rules? At first it may seem that a game would be more fun if we could just do it the way we want instead of following the rules. But if we do that we find ourselves frustrated by chaos instead of finding satisfaction in a game well played. In life we may want to break the rules-what does it matter if we drive too fast, or drink as much as we want, or speak out of anger? But we find that when we do there can be frightening and life-changing consequences to many of these actions.

Children need to learn how to play games by the rules, and they need to learn how to live by God's rules. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is a good guide for parents. Parents are the people who teach children the way of God by word and by deed. Parents not only tell children about God rules, they also live by them.

Rules are like guard rails that protect cars from running off the road. They may limit the cars to a certain way to get from point A to point B, but they also make sure that the car makes it to it's destination safely. Teach your children God's rules so they will have safe passage in their journey.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What game did the kids play?
A. Capture the flag.

Q. How did Liz break his arm?
A. He fell out of a tree.

Q. How did Grandpa break the rules?
A. He went through a red light while driving.

Q. Whose recipe was Lucille using to bake a cake?
A. Granny Gecko

Q. How come the cake she baked didn’t turn out?
A. She didn’t follow the recipe.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Why does God give us rules?


God gives us rules so that we can know the best way to live—to please him and to serve him and others effectively. That is what our memory verse tells us. When we do what is right and good in God’s eyes, things will go well with us.  That doesn’t mean that we’ll never have any problems, but it does mean that when we honor God by following his rules, we will know the best way to live, and we will always be in his care. And someday, when our life ends, we will go to heaven to live safely with him forever.


Can you name any of God's rules for life? Pick one and talk with your family about how you can keep this rule. For example, God says in the Ten Commandments, "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God." What does that mean? How can you keep this rule in your everyday life?
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