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 MP3 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.