Sharing with Intentionality
I think three areas where parents, in particular, are challenged in teaching the Bible and theology to their children is with time, temerity, and technology. So, parents often just don’t take the time to do it. As with anything that you want to teach your children, you have to make a point to do it. We always have time for the things we make time for. There are a lot of opportunities, in fact.
The Bible tells us to talk about it when we’re walking along the road and when we wake up in the morning and when we go to bed at night. Anytime we’re in the car, walking the dog, or going to the grocery store—these are all great times to just talk to your kids about God and what you believe. A lot of parents are challenged by time because they simply don’t make the time.
As with anything that you want to teach your children, you have to make a point to do it. We always have time for the things we make time for.
Teaching with Courage
A lot of parents are just scared about speaking to their kids about the truth. They feel uncomfortable or that they don’t know enough and they’re going to answer incorrectly and that they’re going to mess their children up for life.
First of all, they need to trust God. He’s going to give them the words to say and they’re not going to make that big of a mistake. So, they need to be bold about just talking to their kids. It is hard. It takes practice, but it’s possible to get over the hump of being scared, and just talk to their kids. A lot of parents are waiting to have their theological degree completed or to have all of their doubts and questions answered before they talk to their kids. That probably isn’t ever going to happen completely. So, if you’re waiting for that, then you’re going to miss out on the chance to just talk to your kids as you go along the road, as you get up, as you lie down. Trust God that he’s going to give you the right words to say.
Using simple illustrations and concrete, easy-to-understand language to explain important theological ideas, this book, written by a former teacher and a mother of a child with intellectual disabilities, makes the truths of the gospel accessible to children. Suitable for ages 5+.
Lastly, technology is a challenge, but for a different reason than most people think. Kids are so into their technology with its lights, sounds, and excitement. Parents think that there’s nothing they could possibly do to compete with that.
The fact is, kids love to just sit down and talk to their parents. I’ve seen it with my children who range in age from 15 down to 5. They just want time with me and with their dad. They’ll put down their phones and Xbox remotes if I’m offering to spend some time with them just talking.
Parents need to get over the time issue by making time, the temerity issue by being bold and praying for wisdom. God says he’s going to give it if we ask, and he will. And let technology have its place, but also, don’t let it intimidate you into not sharing with your children.
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