Pointing to the book she saw in my car, my daughter asked “Is it any good?” “Yes, it really is!” She came back: “Don’t you sometimes feel like all of the studies you read say the same thing, only they just word it a different way?” What an open door! I shared with her the new truth I had read just that morning in the very familiar story of creation. With the help of a Bible study, I had seen for the first time that God brought Eve to Adam so that Adam would know she was the perfect gift from God to meet his need of companionship. A new truth in an old story.
For children who have grown up in a Christian family, the Word of God can seem “old hat”. They’ve heard the stories before; know the characters, know the lessons. So how can we as their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and youth workers keep it fresh and exciting? They need to hear our stories of how it impacts us each day. They need to see character in us. They need to witness it at work in our lives. As we share these stories of how He speaks to us, they begin to see how He speaks. The next step will be them beginning to see Him speaking to them.
For some of us, that transition doesn’t come smoothly. Some of our children will go through a season when the history they are writing doesn’t include God. I still believe that as they watch us, hopefully walking in love and the fruit of the Spirit, they will not be able to deny that He is real and one day say for themselves that He is their way, their truth and their life as well!
Judges 2:10 “After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.”
Lord, I pray that I will cause my children to remember. May I continually share my stories with my children. Most of all, Father, write new stories with our children so that they have their own history with you!”
Do you have some God-stories in your life that you are passing down to your children? What avenues have you found to share Him in the everyday life with your children? We would love to hear how you are doing that! Please click on comment below and share your stories.