Obedience

“I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands.” Psalm 119:60

Obedience is something we are taught early on. Adults and children alike must obey. Obedience is being able to follow the rules or recognize someone’s authority and respecting others. It would be a chaotic world if no one chose to follow rules or each other. Animals can be taught to obey, and there are plenty of opportunities to see obedience (or disobedience) in the Thornton Burgess books! A few examples of this trait include:

  • The Adventures of Prickly Porky (Chapter 6): Peter Rabbit obeys Mrs. Rabbit when she tells him not to tell anyone his story.
  • The Adventures of Reddy Fox (Chapter 21): Reddy Fox doesn’t listen to Granny and finds himself in big trouble.
  • Old Mother West Wind (Chapter 5): One of the Merry Little Breezes doesn’t come when Mother calls and is left behind.

Teaching children to obey can definitely be challenging. The moment they are able to explore the world around them, they also begin testing rules and boundaries. Having consequences in place for when rules are broken can be a good way to be prepared for teaching obedience, because rules WILL be broken!

Explain to your children that even we, as adults, have to obey as well. We obey rules when we are at work or driving a car. Ask your kids “what would happen if” questions. There are many stories about obedience in the Bible that we can teach. Jonah and the Fish (Jonah),  Samuel listens and obeys (1 Samuel 17: 12-20), Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:19-28), Daniel obeys God (1 Daniel), and Noah builds the Ark (Genesis chapters 6-9). Obedience comes from God, out of love. Help your children know obeying is an act of love, a way to honor God.

Books on Obedience

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Obedience Activities

Below we’ve listed activities, links, and books that will help teach the character trait of obedience. We’ve also included several books as teacher/parent helps on this subject.

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Obedience Books

Obedience Help

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