As parents, we are tasked with the privilege of raising our children to be responsible members of society who love and fear the Lord.
While some children may complain when they’re asked to help around the house – others delight in the challenge – and are eager to jump right in.
As you help your child learn independence and what it means to contribute to their family – here are some common household tasks you can use to point them to God.
As your child helps you with the laundry – whether it’s folding or sorting – talk about the many ways God promises to clothe His children and provide for their needs.
You can also use it as a service opportunity to go through your wardrobes together and grab a few bags of clothes to donate to a family in need.
Of course – don’t forget to thank God for His provision.
As we eat healthy food to nourish our bodies – teach your children how even more important we need spiritual nourishment to feed our souls.
Explain to them how God gives us our “daily bread” in the physical form – and also through His Word as we read and study it.
You can also use this opportunity to teach them to be thankful for all God provides.
Taking Out The Trash
As you gather up the trash throughout your home and take it outside – use it as an opportunity to teach your child the importance of “taking out” the sin in our lives, and how the cleansing of our hearts needs to happen regularly.
You can even teach them the daily discipline of confessing their sins to Jesus each night before they go to sleep – and asking Him for forgiveness.
Us adults can learn something from this metaphor too!
Whether you’re digging up weeds, watering your flowers, or planting seeds to grow a vegetable garden – use this experience with your child to teach them about God our Creator.
You can start back in Genesis with how God created the entire world in 7 days – and every incredible detail was through His hands.
Being in nature helps us remember the majesty of God and who He is.
For older children, explain to them the importance of getting rid of “weeds” in their lives so the soil can produce good fruit.
And remember – your little one is never too young to learn about God – or help around the house!
Even toddlers can be taught to put away their toys – or read them bedtime stories from the Bible and sing psalms.
By teaching your children at a young age to steward well with what the Lord has given them, you are setting them up for success later in life.
Have fun training up the next generation that God has entrusted to you – and as you go about your household chores yourself – consider trying one of these exercises!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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