How much do our kids really know about God?
How would you answer that question? Ask me a year ago and I would have said something like, "They know a ton! Our kids know it all. They go to church. They know the truth. We talk about God all the time....well, at least once a week…in the church parking lot…sometimes."
Last month I asked Noah who was more powerful, a unicorn or the Holy Spirit? He wasn’t sure. He deliberated for awhile, thinking through the powerful properties of a unicorn horn vs. the all knowing person of God. I sat there thinking....we've covered this. We've talked about this right? I was so proud of him for thinking it through and asking for help, but I was very surprised He didn't know the answer to what I thought was a simple question.
Joel and I have made it a point to get to the heart of these topics with our kids, and even though we’ve tried to make it a daily part of our conversations, we’ve noticed with all our children, it takes hundreds of conversations. It takes a lot of persistence, failure, and a plan. We need a plan you guys. If you’ve ever read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, then you know someone else has a plan for them, and it isn’t good. It’s horrible. Satan’s plan for our kids is for their destruction. Destruction!! Ahhhhhh. He wants them to believe one or all of these things…not someday, but right now:
Most people are basically good
All religions lead to God
Religion is man-made mythology
There is no God
We are our brains
We are one with mother earth
Truth is what you feel is important
The Bible is not actually the word of God
Christianity is closed-minded
I am only as valuable as my social media account is good
Satan doesn't care if the lies he gives them totally contradict each other. He just needs them to believe one or two and he's in. He's messing with their hearts and minds, trying to do all kinds of demolition.
The good news is that God has a plan for them and it’s awesome and good. It will make them thrive, grow, and find their purpose. The thing is, God is looking at us. Us! What?!! He has chosen us to get the plan going. He’s given these kids to us, so that means it’s our job to fight for them in the heavenly realms and teach them to fight as well. It is our job to point them to Christ, to His truth, to scripture. Joel and I had the realization about a year ago that we were planning more for dinner than we were for our kid’s spiritual good. If that’s you, we get it, and we want to help! Here are three ways you can start:
Take our Family Assessment. It’s free and will help you see where you need to spend more time pouring God’s truth into your kids.
Subscribe to our podcast, Kid Seminary. We explore spiritual topics weekly with experts. This is a fun way for your kids to learn the truth, and a great way to begin difficult conversations with your kids about God, faith, and philosophy.
Contact us. Tell us where you’re at in your spiritual journey with your kids. We’d love to pray for you and answer any specific questions you have.
Let's be more tired and exhausted from truth telling at the end of the day than we are from anything else!! Let’s start sowing seeds of truth in our kids' hearts every single day in a Deuteronomy 6 kind of way:
“ And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These words I am commanding you today are to be upon your hearts. And you shall teach them diligently to your children and speak of them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.”