Your responsibility as a parent is to raise your child and shape their spiritual development.
“Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
“5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9
“9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb,when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.”” Deuteronomy 4:9-10
As parents we are ALL shaping our children’s spiritual view whether or not we know it. In our house we know what our spiritual beliefs are, we are passionate about them and we have decided we want our children to have a strong spiritual foundation in Christ. We therefore setup a spiritual leadership plan. This will look different in every home and family, I am going to share what we have done and are doing in our family. If you need help getting started, at the very end of this post is a worksheet you can print out (or just edit on your computer) to help you get your plan going.
The spiritual leadership plan we use has two parts. The first part is the foundation. The starts with the end in mind-your goals, knowing where you want to go so that you can make a plan to get there. Once you have your goals set in place you look at what time you have available in your schedule, and then what traditions (spiritual and non-spiritual) are important to you and your spouse.
Once the foundation is laid, it is time to take that information and create an action plan for each person in your family, including yourself. When your children are very young you will create their action plan for them, as they grow, the amount they are involved will increase, until they create their own action plan for their spiritual growth. I would advise you to continue to make a plan for them as their guide and mentor.
The important thing to remember is that this is a living and changing plan. While you sit down to commit time to make it initially, you will change it as you and your family change and grow. Continue reading