Thanks to Kristy Hess, mom to four (8, 6, 18 month-old twins) for sharing two teachable moments in their family’s life. Kristy’s husband is pastor of Friendswood Baptist Church, Camby, Indiana.
One of the greatest ways to teach kids God’s Word is by taking advantage of teachable moments. But – for a teachable moment to work – you have to actually teach something. You can add a sense of humor to the teaching – not all moments have to be serious to get across a truth or learn a verse.
Car Trip Questions
Kristy said that once her family gets in the car to go somewhere, the kids (like any kids) start asking questions like “Where are we going?”
“But,” Kristy explains, “we don’t always want to tell them where we’re going because that will just generate more constant questions until they get there.”
So instead, the Hess family conversation goes like this …
Kids: Where are we going?
Parent: Do you trust us?
Parent: Hebrews 11:8 –By faith Abraham obeyed … And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
After doing this several time Kristy says, the kids understood what was coming and now laugh about it – the conversation is now a trip tradition!
“They got it.Not only did they memorize the verse, but understood that even though we might not know where God is going to take us in life, we need to obey Him and trust Him along the way.”
Kristy shares another “moment.”
“The other day I found one of the kid’s Bibles on top of the costumes in the costume bin. It made me think of how people sometimes treat Christianity like a costume on Sundays or when it’s convenient.
“Then one of the kids came home from school with something one of his friends taught him. I told him it wasn’t appropriate and that was true whether I was with him or not. I then told them about finding the Bible in the costume bin and explained how your relationship with God matters whether you are with your parents, your friends, at church, at the store, at school, playing sports, etc. Our relationship is not a costume that we take on and off.
“Who you are should be the same everywhere. I quoted Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Thanks, Kristy, for sharing a couple teachable moments.
If you, the reader, has a teachable moment either with your personal kids or with your ministry kids, tell us about it.