Teaching Kids Faith in Our Own Backyard
We don’t have to look very far from home to see the need for our faith to shine.
In our own backyard, there are many, many circumstances that give us an opportunity to share the love of Christ.
Our bold faith step today involves looking at the local news to find a subject matter that will not only resonate with our kids, but allow us to bring our faith out of the church and The Bible and into the immediate world around us.
When a local news story takes hold of a community, we inevitably want to talk about it at home. Maybe the TV accidentally gets frozen over a newscast showing pictures and text we’d rather they not hear or see. Instead of seeing this as a threat, let’s look at it as an opportunity to model.
Here are a few examples:
Are the poor being marginalized in your area in any way? Discuss the “least of these” that Jesus refers to in Matthew 25 with your kids.
Has a local hero been honored for bravery in the face of adversity? Discuss how God strengthens those who are righteous and they are “blessed”.
Has tragedy struck the innocent in a way that you can possibly help? Kids want to help naturally. When presented with an opportunity, they’ll take it. Compassion has to be cultivated. In order to make sense of what is going on in the world we have to know what’s going on in our back yard!
The local paper is a great place to start. It’s tangible. You can hold it in your hands. It’s also slow news. It’s the kind of news that you can censor, read at your own pace and share with your children something that is relevant to their lives.
Reading the story to them in language they can understand is great. If they are old enough, go “old school” and clip out the article and leave it on the dining room table. Then, at dinner that night, ask if they’ve seen it.
We have to learn to give our kids credit for having bigger hearts than we might have seen.
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