Confession of a Children’s Pastor: We don’t always find it easy to practice what we preach.
Granted, we try. Yes, we definitely try. However, truth be told, we can be as busy as you are, and sometime more so.
I wish that I could say that I use Refrigerator Cards and God Time cards like the best of you, but the truth is, I don’t always take the all important time that God desires for me to take with my kids.
My intentions are good, but let’s take this past month for example. At the beginning of the month, I challenged families at DVFX to take the Discipline Challenge and work hard to get Orange and use the God time cards throughout the month If they brought back the cards even partially filled out, we’d hand out a special prize.
Due to sickness and life, my family only got to church once during January! Once! And while I have all of the material easily accessible on my computer, not until the end of the month did I print anything off.
What is wrong with me?! After all, I know better. I get the whole 40/3000 thing and know that how I partner with the church (my area of ministry) will directly influence the way kids respond to Jesus.
Now, before you think I’m completely beating myself up. Faith formation did happen in the Scott household. I know that. We prayed and sang together. We had great on-the-fly conversations about faith and virtues. We lived life together and experienced our own sense of community while enduring the mess of work and school and illness. I know they saw faith, experienced it even. But we didn’t get to much of those fridge and God-time cards.
I know I’m not alone, which is exactly why I needed to make this confession. I’m with you and I sympathize. If you’re a parent, I’d love to hear your thoughts about how you intentionally pass on faith in your home. How do you reinforce what your children are learning on the weekends? We need to continue rethinking the way we can help parents experience faith with their kids.
This month I’m hoping to do a little better… let’s all pray that we can take up the challenge and make faith real in our homes.