Look at the list below…whose job is it:
Kissing boo boos? Mom’s
Changing a flat tire? Dad’s
Dishes? Big sister
Allow kids to jump on the furniture? Grandma!
Learn to walk? The Baby!
Spiritual Training? The Church…. Or is it??
No stereotyping intended here… I just want to chat about some possible misconceptions we might have. Everyone at our house has done dishes at one time or another and I’ve even changed a tire! But I definitely DID have the wrong idea about our kids and their spiritual training when they were younger. Because I was not raised in a Christian home, I really thought I was good to go as long as I brought my kids to Sunday School and Kids Church on a regular basis.
But then someone shared some different ideas, which I want to share with you. Take a look at the numbers below of sample week for a child/pre-teen:
168 hours in a week
-30 screen time (this is conservative for a lot of families)
-10 extracurricular activity
-3 errands/car time
Yes, I know there are lots of variables in your family that would change these numbers. I’ve asterisked (is that even a word??!!) the ones that have potential to influence kids, positive and negative. If you are diligent to bring your child to church every week then you can count on three hours of spiritual input. Even that is only 2% of a total week or 3% of waking hours! What’s my point? Even if you are the MOST FAITHFUL church attender – never missing – never sick – never have any family things to attend out of town…the instruction your child gets here is NOT ENOUGH!
Check this out, from Deuteronomy 11:
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
I know that it would be much simpler if it said, “Take them to Sunday school once a week and I, the Lord Your God, will be pleased and will cause your kids to be pleasant and joyful human beings.” Nice thought, huh?
So if this is true and the Bible does say it’s mainly your responsibility (which it does), why Sunday School? Why Children’s Ministry? Because many of you NEED SUPPORT! We are your BEST CHEERLEADERS!!! Let us help you do the best job you can do! Need ideas? Here’s just a few:
- PRAY together. Let the kids lead this!
- Set aside time as often as possible to read a story from a Children’s Bible. Need a good Bible recommendation? LMK
- Memorize your child’s Awana verses with them!
- Bring God into everyday conversation: When you see something cool – give God credit: “God makes cool sunsets, huh, kids??” When something is hard, talk about what God might be trying to teach all of you through the challenge. It might be awkward at first, but will be a blessing for all of you eventually! Trust me on this
- Instead of Sponge Bob (my hubby says it sucks the brains out of little kids anyway! Lol), look up some great video content on Right Now Media! It’s free – Just ask Pastor Danny and he’ll get you signed up.
An important note…What if YOU are young in your faith? It doesn’t matter! Learn and grow together! Start somewhere! The more you do it the more it will become a vital and important part of your time with your child.
So, I could break into some sappy song like Wind Beneath Your Wings… Or I could tell you that your child’s spiritual health is VERY IMPORTANT to us and we’ll do everything we can to help you! (Are you singing the song now???) When you spend time teaching and praying and sharing about God, it will never be time wasted. Blessings all around!
GO TEAM GO!!!