How would your children finish the phrase, "Our family is..."?
Probably the first thoughts that come to mind are things that describe our families. But what if we were intentional about creating phrases that would help our families have a specific and purposeful identity. Some examples include:
- We will be leaders and learners
- We will be people of gentle strength
- We will be content risk-takers
- We will be folks who love and serve God and others
Once you know what your family is willing to stand for, it is time to put those things into practice. And one particular area that this rising generation identifies with is serving others. So how can you incorporate that into your family DNA? How can you practically live it out? There is no better time to start than the present.
Find a place or ministry where your family can serve. Teach your children now that giving and serving is something that is expected, not just an add on to their faith. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter once a month, pass out food with the food pantry at the church, go on a mission trip together, or find a ministry that needs help on the weekends every now and then. Whatever it is, find it and start doing it.
*Sticky Faith: Everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids by Kara Powell and Chap Clark
Student Pastor at Stetson Baptist Church. Child of the Most High, Husband to Natalie, and Dad to Zach and Zoey. Lifelong Student, Outdoor Enthusiast, and Sweet Tea Connoisseur.