Families who have regular faith-based discussions in the home raise children who are 300% more likely to remain a part of the church when they get older.
Impressive, right?! I want my kids to be a part of the 300%.
I know that for many parents, the idea of leading faith-based discussions at home is scary. Oftentimes, parents feel as if they're not qualified to be leading faith-based discussions.
I don't know about you but when I picture other families having faith-based discussions at home, I picture the ideal family in the perfect home, having perfect behavior reading Scripture together in their perfect Sunday best. Of course when they get to the end of their time, they sing the Doxology in perfect harmony. They have had a life-impacting, jarring discussion that changes kids and parents alike. It's a beautiful thing.
Not at all how it goes down in my house.
If I could just get everyone to sit still.
If I could get our teenagers to not roll their eyes.
If I could get a great discussion going.
If only members of the family would offer their own insight or interact with what we've talked about/read.
If only we were the family I often imagine.
But, we are definitely not. My kids are disruptive and less than excited to sit down to crack open the Bible. You can read about that here.
As parents, we are often intimidated by what we think goes on in other peoples homes.
Let's get real.
Let yourself off the hook.
Realize God's intention for families.
Deuteronomy 6 says that we should have faith-based discussions at home "when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
The Message says it like this, "Talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to the time you fall into bed at night."
Parents, we're called to integrate faith into our everyday lives. We're not called to host poignant, though provoking, life-changing discussions each night that we masterfully orchestrate.
- We talk about faith when we see something that reminds us of God.
- We talk about faith when our kids ask us questions.
- We talk about faith when we intentionally open God's Word and read from it as a group...even if it's one or two verses.
We don't have to have candles lit and sing the Doxology.
We don't even have to be at home. We can talk about our faith in the car, at a ballgame, out to eat, or while doing yard work.
What do you do in your home that has proven to be successful when it comes to leading faith-based discussions?