A Parent’s Most Important Job
easy to get caught up in the busyness of family
life. The daily job of parenting usually spins
around three important tasks: giving instructions,
correcting children, and providing for physical
and emotional needs. These are all important
and learning how to do them well can mean all
the difference between a child who is responsive
and one who is resistant.
But keep in mind the bigger picture.
Your most important task is to pass on spiritual
truth and godly values to your child. You will
certainly do that through the daily tasks of
parenting, by establishing rules that come from
your convictions, and through day-to-day conversation.
However, we find that parents must
be intentional about passing on spiritual truths
to their children. Dr. Rob Rienow says it well
on the CD God’s
Grand Vision for the Home. You’ll be energized
and motivated by Rob as he paints the picture
of our primary calling as parents.
But how can parents actually pass
biblical truths on to their children? We would
suggest you use activity; it’s the language of
children. Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller,
RN, BSN have a CD entitled Have
Fun Teaching Spiritual Truths that helps
you know how to use fun activities to teach God’s
Word to children.
We have published six Family
Time Activities books by Kirk Weaver. Kirk
is a genius. He understands child
development and biblical truth and then uses
activity to transfer those truths to a child’s
heart. The beginning of each book shows you
how you can set up a fun family time in your
home in just 20-30 minutes a week. Your kids
will think you’re cool and the formal times
together will lay the groundwork for all kinds
of informal discussions with your kids throughout
the week. Three of the books are for all ages,
two are for families with preschoolers, and
one is available for working with teens.
When you use activities to teach
spiritual truth you’re following Christ’s example.
In order to teach his disciples about the spiritual
principles of the kingdom Jesus used parables.
He placed a spiritual truth next to a common
object or activity so that his followers could
grasp the truth. You can do the same thing as
you work with your children and train them spiritually.
Family Time is a great way to transfer
values and biblical truth to your children. Another
significant way to reach your children spiritually
is to be demonstrative with your own faith. Praying
for and with your kids, talking about what God
is teaching you, and raising the awareness level
about God’s presence and active work in your
family can go a long way.
Sometimes a parent will say, “I
feel uncomfortable praying out loud with my child.”
Our response, “Get over it.” That may sound harsh,
but praying with your kids is important and with
some practice you’ll be able to do it comfortably.
Work on making your faith more visible and your
children will see more clearly how involved God
is in our daily lives.
If you find yourself stuck in this
area of spiritual training you might want to
listen to Kirk Weaver’s CD entitled Overcoming
Obstacles to Spiritual Training in the Home.
You have a lot to do as a parent.
The work of family life can be all-consuming
at times. You’ll sacrifice your personal agenda
often for the benefit of your children. Make
sure that you always keep an eye on the spiritual
training of your children. It pays off with huge
dividends. Check back with us often. We know
that this area is so important and we want to
continue to support you in this role.
You are the primary spiritual trainer
of your children. You may find assistance through
church, school, club programs, or other activities
for your child, but training your kids spiritually
is your most important job. They need you in
this role. Look for ways to make it a priority.