I am an average Christian mom who was raised in an unbelieving family and became a Christian in my late teens. My faith has benefited a lot from independent study of Christian theology and apologetics.
In early 2012, my husband challenged me to begin finding ways to purposefully teach our two boys (then 5 and 7) in their young Christian faith. At the time, he was concerned that we were not taking advantage of our narrow window of time to train up our kids. I felt that I was doing a lot of faith training through seizing ‘teachable moments’. My defense: that very day I had spoken to the boys about abortion and covered a number of the reasons for the pro-life position and how they juxtaposed against a pro-abortion position. It was a news item on the way to school that had triggered this discussion.
Not bad, right?
However, I had to ask myself, how often did conversations like this happen? It seemed to me like they were often enough. My husband and I brainstormed a list of topics that we wanted to cover with our boys while they were still under our roof – topics that we felt they needed to know in order to be effective and winsome Christians to their generation.
It was then that I began to realize the problem: our list was long – really long. I wouldn’t be able to cover all of them through teachable moments alone – I was going to have to go beyond teachable moments.
My husband issued me a challenge. Summer vacation was approaching. The summer break would be a perfect opportunity to purposefully teach a variety of topics to our kids and begin to take a stab at the list of subjects we wanted to cover with them. “Could you plan to teach the boys one lesson per day over the summer?” he asked.
Taking up that challenge was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I can’t say that I always taught them a lesson every day, but most of the days of that summer I did manage to teach them something that would purposefully build toward an unshakeable faith.
Now I make it my goal to teach our kids something purposeful every day of the summer vacation and every PD Day during the school year. I started this blog as a means to share what we’ve been doing and the lessons I’ve created over the years with others.
I hope you find this blog site useful to you, and that it encourages you to take up the challenge in your own home to move beyond teachable moments to purposefully build an unshakeable faith in your kids!