Faith is caught more than taught. This truth is burning in my heart today. As I reflect on the past week, I realize just how true this is. My kids continue to amaze me. They have “caught” their Faith and it brings me to tears.
Last week Tuesday, my prince charming had shoulder surgery, and we have been reeling in adjustments at our house. Funny how one arm can make such a HUGE difference in our life style! But, amidst all the changes, one thing has held true. My kids have a heart of prayer.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve blinked back tears because one of them was praying healing over dad. Laying hands on him, or just lifting him up. On the way to school, before meals, tucking in bed, and sometimes, in the middle of the afternoon watching him lay in the chair.
My kids know how to pray for healing, and they know the importance of it. They have “caught” this faith. I wish I could say – look what a great mom I am, my kids pray like this:-) Truth is, I have a tribe of people to thank for that. So many have touched these little lives with the truth of prayer and the power of healing. And they get it. They really get it.
Watching this happen in our moments of weakness over the past week has moved me in deep ways. Moved me – that we have been bold and gone against the “popular” things and pressed in with our kids, even when it wasn’t what the culture might have wanted. Moved me – that we were willing to be a bit “weird” and model healing prayers for them, to stop and pray for others who needed healing. You see, often we thought it was just about us, but this week, my little showed me it was about SO.MUCH.MORE.than us.
Let’s face it, parenting is hard. Often, I catch myself wondering if I’m messing up the littles, if they’ll grow up normal. Tonight as I sit here, I realize, I don’t want them to grow up “normal.” If normal means that spontaneously praying right on the spot for someone is uncomfortable or unacceptable, then I don’t want them to be normal. I want them to be all out for Jesus. I want them to model what they are learning as children.
In Proverbs 22:6 we read this…
- “Train up a child in the way he should go,
- Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
And I say, yes and Amen! Thank you to my tribe – for helping me in training up our children. Thank you for helping them “catch” their faith. By watching you, they are learning. And in that learning, they are blessing us.
While the future is uncertain, and I’m sure choices won’t always be as I would chose, here’s what I know tonight. These truths are tucked in their hearts. And someday, well, someday they will call on them. As a mama, my prayer is that they find these truths daily. But just knowing that they are there, not because I told them to pray, but because they know the power of it, well…. Someday, that will change them profoundly. I’m ok with going against the “norm” if it means I will have kids that are confident in their identity – In Christ. Uncomfortable all of a sudden doesn’t seem so bad:-)
How about you mamas?
Who’s your tribe? Who is helping you to train a child in the way he should go? The truth of this statement, Faith is caught more than taught, rings so true. Their little eyes are watching everything we do. Do your friends emulate what you want your kids to be? Do you struggle with wanting them to not be too much “different” than the rest of the kids?