Seems like an odd topic right? Well, it will make sense in a minute. This year one of my resolutions was to pray every night with my kids and teach them how to pray. A few days ago my son wanted to go to bed and so he came and reminded us that we had not prayed yet and I felt a wave of emotions wash over me. I felt pride in my boy for recognizing that this had become a nightly routine and in the same breath I felt guilty for all the times I had reluctantly dragged myself to pray with the kids.
In church last week, a scripture was read to a couple dedicating their baby that really got me thinking about how we live in front of the scrutinizing eyes of our kids:
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and command them: ‘Take up for yourselves twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan where the priests were standing, carry them with you, and set them down in the place where you spend the night.’”… Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of these stones?’ you are to tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ Joshua 4: 1-3, 21-22 BSB
This scripture encourages me that as I go along in life, I need to be intentional about picking up metaphorical stones that will spark conversations with my kids about Jesus. Following Jesus will not come spontaneously to my kids without effort. I need to actively share my faith with them, pray with them (regardless of how tired I am) and talk about the good things that Jesus is doing in our lives. This way when they are old enough they will know why they are choosing to follow Jesus and it will not only be because they “grew up in a christian household” but because they encountered Jesus on a daily basis and fell in love with Him because there were always stories of Him in abundance in our home.