Old enough to be spiritual?

It always amazes me to catch sight of kids that I haven’t seen in a while; they’ve grown by leaps and bounds!

The long shadows of two girls on a beachOur Rotation this month is a story that kids can relate to – it’s about Jesus as a young boy.

The Bible tells us that at this time in his life Jesus grew strong and wise. (Luke 2:40)

And from the story we can also glean that Jesus was growing in other ways: he was exploring his calling; he was delving into his spiritual self.

 

Do we allow our kids the chance to grow spiritually?

Granted, Jesus was twelve years old in our story but even young children — preschoolers! — are spiritual.

Here are ways to encourage spiritual growth in all ages:

  • Surround your child with people who genuinely demonstrate God’s care for your child. Obviously this is present in your household, but having a church family is important as well.
  • Create a daily time of being intentionally still and seeking God in prayer. This may be best accomplished at bedtime.
  • Share joys and concerns around the family dinner table. (Or wherever your family is gathered together.) This serves as a reminder that God is listening to them and cares about them.
  • Keep a gratitude list. Or follow other ways of counting thankfuls.
  • Take them out into nature. Create opportunities to see and touch and hear the world around them that God has made.
  • Offer daily blessings as a way to reassure your child that God thinks highly of them.
What are ways that you expand your child’s spiritual awareness? Are they growing their spiritual side?

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Photo credits:
Tall shadows by thejbird, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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