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Building Faith on Q & A

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Image result for kid questionWhen it comes to autonomy, I believe that nothing is more critical than critical thinking. God has not asked us to park our brains when we take up faith in Him. On the contrary, the more I dig deeper into His Word, the more sensible everything–and I mean everything–becomes.

World History, Science, Mathematics, Literature, Anthropology, Current Events, World Religions, Psychology–every bit of it fits together with scripture like a tight truth puzzle, because that’s exactly what it is.

For our children though, they are back at the beginning of trying to discern what truth is and who they should believe is telling them the truth about life and the world. In the midst of being raised in church, there were many years of faith struggles for me and many of my peers. Teen years especially when the school curriculum delved more deeply into the world at large.

During this time, it was critical to develop critical thinking that was founded in the Word of God…the very thing I was questioning. So more critical than that, was that there were Godly men and women that I could ask my questions to–who had answers or who directed me into scriptures for answers. It was important that I learned it was ok to ask questions. Unlike some people, God’s not afraid of them. [By the way, all truth is God’s truth, so He is more than prepared to answer anything you or I can throw His way.]

The bottom line is that if we hope our children will become spiritually autonomous one day, then they need to be able to: 1) ask their questions of the Word of God, 2) know how to discern the answers, and 3) have fellowship with firmly grounded believers who can also guide them to answers.

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The Habit of Meeting Together

Image result for families going to churchOne of the habits that most stuck with me from my upbringing is that of going to church. Unless we were sick as a dog or dying, if the doors were open we were there. Of course there were days that I loathed this as a child, but the habit was so instilled in me that when the time came to choose for myself, it was only natural to be in God’s house as often as I could.

And Hebrews 10:24-25 exhorts us to do exactly this. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Because my parents instilled this habit in me, I have been regularly in a place of Godly instruction, meeting with those who pray for me and encourage me in my walk. I am also positioned to serve God and others. Had I chosen to break habit, or had my parents not fostered the habit to begin with, I would not be connected to the body of Christ, ministering and being ministered to, growing and sowing into others.

Thankfully, God gave me a wonderful Christian husband, and we are inculcating the same consistent church attendance habits in our children. After all, if our lives don’t model the inherent value of meeting with the body of Christ, whose will?