Have you ever went on an extended vacation with family? You know the vacation that is a little too long. Where there are fun moments, but it is also filled with some stressful ones too? Then on your way home, you think “This is the last time I ever want to do this!” Years go by, and you start looking back at old photos, and all those fun moments are shown, which brings up the thought of going on another extended vacation.
That is parenting. Parenting is a longer extended vacation, filled with fun and heartfelt moments. From the beginning of when your children begin to walk or when your child pretends he is a power ranger. Those moments are priceless. But, parenting is also filled with moments of stress and anxiety. From the time when they begin to talk back, or when they decide that every “no” response is a death sentence.
In the process of this parenting season, comes a moment where children choose their faith, and it’s like that old saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.” You can lead your child to meet Jesus, but you can’t make them believe in Him.
How do we as parents help our children to believe in God?
Well you can’t. We can do actions to help them believe, but it’s not (nor will it ever be) a full proof method.
You can help your children believe in God, by your faith in God. Barna said it this way, “Parents are more likely to raise spiritual champions if they, genuinely love God, pray daily, worship regularly, read the Bible habitually for personal development, participate in the life of a spiritual community and apply their resources, spiritual gifts, and natural abilities frequently to influencing lives.” 1
How serious is your faith? Is your faith something the children are seeing? Is church a priority or something that happens whenever.? Are you praying with your children? Are you learning from God’s word?
If our children never see God in us, then how can they find God? In our children never see God living, then how can they believe He is living? It’s a little easier when they are young, where the magical still exists in them. When they can believe a man can walk on water, without doubting. When a man can be raised from the dead, and not think about the how that is possible? Eventually, they grow up, and logic comes to counters the magic. Then their faith is based on yours and how serious you take the faith.
Show God in you.
Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 1448-1455). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition. ↩