Passing Your Faith Along

Posted on September 6, 2010 
Filed Under Fathering, Parenting, Spiritual Life

As a follower of Christ, my relationship with God is my life’s priority. As a Christian parent, my ultimate goal in raising my children has been to introduce them to God and to help them to know and understand Him.

Let me be clear: I want well-behaved kids. I want children who are good thinkers, who have inner character, and who will eventually become men and women of integrity and compassion. I want my children to turn out well.

More than those qualities, tough, more than anything, I want them to know my God and to live a life of faith. I’ll do what it takes to help them understand and know God. There’s an urgency to do that early and often – and in the home.

Edith Schaeffer, in her book, What Is A Family?, observed that the family is

where principles are established in the midst of everyday life, where character is forged under the watchful eyes of caring parents, and most importantly, where the baton of faith is passed on to the next generation.

In the context of everyday life, through the rhythms of life’s joys and disappointments, your child will see your faith. He will notice how you handle difficulties. She will observe the way you react to pressure and stress.

Your belief in God is most effectively “caught, not taught” within the relationships and safety of family. Your child will – like it or not – tend to imitate your priorities in life, including the importance of your personal faith.

What are you doing today to model a vibrant, active faith in God?