As Easter approaches, many churches and families look for ways to prepare for and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Some people give up something as a way to focus on the significance on the season. One person I follow on social media is fasting from his personal social media feeds “to focus more on my faith, family and friends.”
Others choose to add something to their schedule like devotional readings, times of prayer or specific periods of reflection.
Here’s a great idea for parents to use this Easter season: share your faith story with your kids.
Do your children know how you came into your relationship with Jesus?
As I was reading The Jesus Gap the author gave several suggestions to youth workers and parents to help point our students to a Biblical picture of Jesus. One was a pretty simple idea – to have families share their faith stories.
In the book the author referred to research done by the College Transition Project. The author wrote this: “Don’t assume family members already know each other’s faith stories. Most don’t, even though the College Transition Project showed us that parents sharing about their own faith is vital to the process of a child growing into his or her own.”
If your family has been going to church your whole life, do your children know why?
Do they know the when/why/how that lead you to become a follower of Jesus?
Our “conversion stories” don’t have to be dramatic or even long-winded. Taking some time to share the people and events that lead you as a mom or dad into a relationship with Jesus can be a great story for your children to hear.
Without being too morbid, isn’t amazing what we learn about people after they are gone? Over the years I have been involved in a number of funeral services, both as a minister and having lost family members. During the visitation hours and the meal times, you get to hear stories about the life of your friend or loved one. Many times you learn something about that person because someone shares an experience that is new to you. It gives you a different perspective on that person’s life.
As Easter approaches, why not take a few minutes, maybe at the dinner to table, to share your faith story? Perhaps your children have heard it before. But, maybe they haven’t. Perhaps we assume our children already know it. It could be they don’t. Take some time to share how you came to follow Jesus and even why you still follow Him today. It could lead to some great conversations.