5. You Pass Your Faith Down to Your Children
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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
One of the best things we can do for our children aside from loving them unconditionally is to pass down our faith to them. In taking the time to hand down your faith, you’ve likely noticed how your dedication to guiding your kids has nourished their sense of security and belonging.
You also may have noticed that teaching your kids how to root their actions in love and fairness has made your children feel like their thoughts and words are important to you.
Raising your children in a faith-based home also bolsters their sense of purpose, especially during the years when children struggle to fit in with their peers. Importantly, a strong faith lets a child know that no matter life’s challenges, God’s plan is always to prosper them and give them hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Spiritual growth tip for beginners: If you haven’t started handing down your faith, there’s no time like the present to bring your children to Christ, no matter their age.
You can start by attending church with your children, or you can buy your children their own Bible and other faith-based books. You can also make saying grace at the dinner table a new (or renewed) tradition.
For little ones, you can set good TV-watching habits by introducing them to Christian cartoons such as Veggie Tales. For older kids who won’t part with apps like TikTok, there are young evangelists on TikTok who offer heartfelt inspiration while imparting Biblical wisdom.
For even older kids who resist discussing faith altogether, you can still positively influence their media consumption by introducing them to clean and entertaining shows to watch.
The road to spiritual maturity is a lifelong journey offering a bounty of benefits along the way. The strength you gain from spiritual maturity helps you overcome hardships by emboldening you to trust that God causes all things to work together for your good (Romans 8:28).
In addition, spiritual wellbeing leads to better, more peaceful living, as it inspires you to forgive others and focus on being right with God by doing unto others as you’d have done unto you.
No matter where you are on the road to spiritual maturity, know that what matters is that you keep taking steps toward spiritual growth and, by virtue of that, toward your Almighty Father.
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