Let’s Get Honest: What’s the real reason you don’t talk about God with your family?
Which is the primary reason that you might not have spiritual conversations with your children or spouse?
- Maybe I’ll get something wrong.
- Conversations about God’s Word are uncomfortable sometimes.
- I might get asked a question that I don’t know the answer to.
- It’s easier not to dialogue at all.
- We will have to talk about things that we ourselves are still working on.
- I don’t think of it.
- It’s the church’s job.
Your Concerns are Valid.
Did you know these thoughts have come across the minds of just about every Christian parent? Let’s be honest, most of us feel completely inadequate at times to actually be a parent. We aren’t telling everybody that of course, but know that most of us get overwhelmed at this enormous task that is before us.
Here’s our only response: Know God, trust God, and lead! The home should be a place that doesn’t hide from the onslaught of the world’s influence and simply hopes for the best. The culture’s sway and compelling temptation won’t go away, but it can lessen. We need to make the determination that the world’s message to our homes will not be the prevailing thought about personal holiness and identity.
Here’s 2 Things to Consider:
- Every conversation with your child doesn’t have to be a sermon with three deep theological points and a decision time with a hymn. Don’t get locked up in the idea you have to have a seminary degree to talk about biblical truths. Weave truths into the daily conversations that naturally take place.
- One of the great opportunities we have as parents is to speak into specific situations our children are experiencing as they occur. Our children find themselves in a learning lab daily. Take full advantage of these moments to speak life! From dating talks, friend issues, moral choices, shifts in independence, to when they make bad decisions (or when you make bad decisions), be the parent who guides, corrects, and inspires.