Bringing Out the Winner
I read an article recently that stated that 24% of young adults under 30 years old have zero religious affiliation. The article also said that the Christian faith is on the decline, dropping down to a little over 40% of the population in America. Is this true? Not sure what the article’s percentages were based on – but it does make you step back and think…
Will my child be part of these percentages one day?
Passing on to our children the faith we share in Jesus Christ doesn’t just happen. This is especially true in today’s society where many would argue that the Christian faith is under attack. Being persecuted for our biblical beliefs has become the norm rather than the exception. Our children will not have a strong faith within their own hearts without guidance and instruction from their parents. Here are just a few ideas of how to build a solid foundation of faith in our children:
1) Pray with your children DAILY.
2) Do short devotions (not sermons) with your children to help engrain biblical truths.
3) Admit your own mistakes instead of covering them up – this builds trust.
4) Show your children a truly giving heart that loves unconditionally.
5) Exemplify Christ, and they will watch – children listen with their eyes.
We all have estate plans to pass along our earthly possessions to our children. Why not set up a plan to pass along the most important thing in the world? Faith in Christ and a heavenly eternal destination that is secured in Him!
It’s our call.
John Croyle, Founder, Big Oak Ranch
Author, Who You Are/Defying the Circumstances that Define Us, Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child, The Two Minute Drill to Manhood and Raising a Princess, www.bigoak.org