The American Dream teaches us to settle for a child or two, so that we can focus on other more important opportunities in life. One of the best ways to change the world, though, is to have and raise kids. With these little ones, we can pass on truths and passions that will shape and affect society.
Recently we had some friends over for dinner and they announced they were expecting their fifth child. We were thrilled. I laughed looking into our backyard and seeing our own eight children running around in circles, creating a mini-circus. Our neighbors must have thought we were having a birthday party.
As we rejoiced with them over the exciting news, my friend made an interesting comment, “You know, early on in our marriage we talked about how we might change the world by writing a book or getting on the cover of Time, but now we’re realizing our best shot at changing the world is through raising the kids God has given us.”
A Call to (Tiny) Arms
What if more Christians had this view of family? What if more of us didn’t see children as a burden, but as a blessing, and as an opportunity to raise up a small army who could change the world?
At what other point in life do we have such a convenient opportunity to teach, model, rebuke, and encourage the characteristics we desire to see in another person? We have tiny disciples living right under our roof. We so often talk about the ministry we’re doing with others — discipleship over coffee or another Bible study — but what about at our own breakfast table?
If we want to impact our world for Christ, many of us should be involved in raising up a new generation of Jesus followers. I realize not everyone is called to marriage, and some married believers suffer from infertility. But for those of us who are blessed with kids living within our walls, here are a few ways to raise little world-changers. Shape their minds and hearts with these five passions and habits while they’re still living in your home.
1. A Hungry Passion to Meet God in His Word
Everyday our kids see how we choose to use our time. Do they know that spending time in God’s Word is a priority for you? Talk at the dinner table about what you’re studying in Scripture. Ask them what they learned from the sermon or their Sunday school lesson. Our passion, or lack of passion, for the Bible will be easily absorbed by the ones who spend every day watching us. Help them realize the Bible is the most amazing book we have on this earth!
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