My middle daughter had a sore on her foot last week, and we had been putting the proper ointment and band-aids on her boo-boo. Well, one day last week, at bed time after our prayers and songs, Kenzie asked me if God would heal her foot. I said of course! She asked me, well, when I am heaven will I be healed too?
I don’t know how you would explain to your five year old, but I was touched by her questions. Number one, she is picking up on her parent’s faith, and secondly she is paying attention during worship times with the Body of Christ. Now getting to my answer, with tears in my eyes, I spoke about how one day when God’s people are with Him in heaven that there will be no more tears, no more pain, no hurts, no more boo-boos! She was excited, but stressed that this was great but didn’t want to go to heaven right now! It was cute.
As a Christian, I want my children to embrace the Christian faith, to have a real, vibrant, and active faith in Jesus Christ. I want them to understand the importance of the kingdom of God, and how God is still alive and working in our world today. But, I want to have the ability to talk to my children about faith, Christ and the Bible. For us, these conversations aren’t forced, and usually we let our girls initiate with questions, and asking about what they are learning in Bible classes. But, however these conversations occur, they have to occur. Your day is full of opportunities to listen to your children, to look for connections with the Divine.
Also, including your children in service opportunities will help to make your faith real to them as well. Invite them along to take food to shut-ins, or to visit hospitals, or whatever you can. Give them opportunities to see you putting your faith to practice. Whether parents realize it or not, the number one spiritual influence in the lives of our kids are us, the parents, for good or bad. So, may we take seriously the words of Deuteronomy 6:5-9:
“5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Have a beautiful conversation today with your children. It will make an eternal impact on them, and you too!