Something I often think about is how well I’m doing at raising our children as Christians. I am a fairly new Christian myself (5 years), and I’m still learning new things everyday. But I do know that the most important thing we can give our kids, and equip them with, is to teach them how to have a relationship with God. And I believe the best way to do that is to read the Bible, pray, and listen for what God is telling you, everyday.
Although that seems simple enough, sometimes it’s very difficult to find the best ways to teach this on a consistent basis. How do we fit it in naturally, and make it become part of our life on a daily basis? For some people this may come easy, but for me….it’s something I’m always working on. I always want to find new ways to share God with my kids.
I have a great little book of devotions called “Leading Your Kids to Christ”. It has 30 different devotions preparing you for this role. Here are a few points I have taken from this book (and others) that I try to apply to my own life as a parent.
- Ask God to guide your steps and to give you wisdom.
- Pray for your children everyday.
- Be proactive. Talk to them about tough issues early and often. Tell them the truth and keep open communication as much as possible and even more so the older they get. This is so important!!
- Put God first in your family and be a good example. Live your faith.
- Show your love for them constantly and truly listen to them.
- Do not be afraid to discipline and be firm when needed. Kids need clear and concise boundaries with consistency.
- Watch your words. Your child listens to everything you tell them (whether you think they do or not.) Be sure to give them positive praise when needed.
- Emphasis the importance of worship and fellowship. Attend church with them weekly, and encourage them to get involved in age appropriate activities.
- Study God’s Word with your child. Maybe read a chapter in the Bible each night before bed (that’s what we have started doing). We also read a daily devotion at dinnertime on nights that we have both of our kids with us.
- Let them serve with you at church or within your community. This is a great experience for them, and an even better example.
- Spend quality time with your children every single day that you can. They need you! Children spell love, T-I-M-E.
It is my goal to make sure I’m doing all of these things all of the time. I know these are the most important things I can do for my kids.