Vibrant Faith @ Home

vibrantfaithathomeWhen we are teaching our children to read, do we take them to the public library or bookstore, invite them to choose a book, spend an hour reading to them, and leave, never to open a book for the rest of the week?  No, of course not.  We fill their rooms and our homes with books.  We read daily to and with them.  We ourselves, their parents, read the newspaper or iPad.  Our children see read in front of the fireplace in the winter or on the beach in the summer.  We make reading a daily part of family life.

When our children are learning to run do we only allow them to run once a week with a group of others? No.  We encourage them to run or exercise daily.  We recognize that gym class or playing on a team is valuable.  Many lessons around cooperation, teamwork, sharing our gifts and respect the talents of others is important.  Not to mention the health benefit of exercise.  However, if we want our children to value physical fitness we encourage them to do it daily.  We also model it for them by taking care of ourselves.  We teach them that there are many ways to be physically fit.  Running is one but so is walking, swimming, biking, etc.

The same is true with our spiritual lives.  If we want our children to grow spiritually, to deepen their relationship with God, and to strengthen their souls, we must practice our faith at home.  We can do this with four simply yet powerful practices:  caring conversations, family rituals and traditions, family prayers, and family service.  Engaging in one or all of these in our homes will impact the faith lives of our children, grandchildren, and ourselves more than anything else.  For ideas and activities of how to do these practices please go to http://www.vibrantfaithathome.org/.