Seems like lately college aged students are choosing to leave the church. Claiming that God doesn’t exist. What’s going on? Why the wave of doubt and confusion?
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8
It’s scary to think that you worked hard to get your child into a decent college hoping they’d have all the best opportunities. Start on the path to a great career and successful future. What you didn’t bargain for was paying all that money and upon graduation finding out she’s decided that there isn’t a God. Wait! What?
I see now that as a parent I need to take a more pro-active role. My kids still have several years before they get to college so the time is now. It’s time to make sure and provide them with the necessary tools they’ll need to feel confident and stand firm when their faith is being challenged, whether by a college professor or fellow students planting a seed. I want my kids to be prepared.
Here is where I’ve decided to start, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An atheist” is a book that answers a lot of the things that are commonly questioned; The authenticity of the bible, Who Jesus really is, If God is real why do we suffer? These are just a few topics that caught my attention. I’ve heard great things about this book and I’ll be checking it out for myself, for my kids, for their future.
On that note, I’d like to offer up my two cents in a list of sorts…
Top 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Faith
- Devotional/Bible time– Have your kids gotten into the habit of reading their bible daily? Start them on devos as soon as possible. The younger the better. We did it first thing in the morning at the breakfast table. When they were 3 and 7 we’d start the day off with keysforkids followed by adventuresinodyssey they loved both. Jellytelly.com is another great one for young kids. Whateverdevo you choose the important thing is to create a habit of reading studying and sharing God’s word.
- Pray– Seems obvious however needs to be mentioned. Kids are natural sponges and the best way to teach them to pray is by praying. Pray with them at meals pray with them at bedtime and let them see you pray while you’re standing at the kitchen counter or at the stop light. They remember that…those are defining moments. There is power in prayer and they learn from watching you.
- Seek and Find– Teach them to look stuff up. They might hear so-called truths from classmates or teachers and believe it, because they said it, so it must be true. Challenge them to verify information. Kids say some incredible things sometimes and can be quite gullible as well, making it all the more important to teach them to question what they’ve heard and know when to disregard
As mere opinion.
- Challenge them– Present them with a scenario that they might encounter in high school or college. How will they respond? Will they know how to respond? Or will they just remain quiet? Once presented with the challenge, offer ways to deal with the situation. This would be a great time to remind them how important it is to memorize God’s word so they are never caught off guard. As they get older the challenges should get more complicated. How will they react to tragedy or disappoint? You won’t always be around but God’s word can be hidden in their hearts.
- Encourage them– As parents this is a given however, At times we just go through the motions and while expecting their best effort we forget to acknowledge the small victories. Don’t focus on what they haven’t achieved yet…encourage them with your actions by demonstrating your faith on a daily basis. That they might learn not to be afraid to speak up but rather defend their faith with confidence.
I hope you find these suggestions helpful.
What are some ways you are preparing your children?
Remember, the stage your children are in doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you start helping them learn how to put their faith into action.