Creating a Rhythm in Your House
By Andrea Goslee
With Beauty and the Beast at the top of the movie charts, I was reminded of another one of my Disney favorites, The Lion King. One of my favorite scenes is when new baby Simba is presented to the world and the animals dance and sing to the rhythmic jungle beat. They jump with excitement and then bow down to greet the newborn.
If you have a child, think about how you felt the first time you laid eyes on them. Did you feel excited? Overwhelmed with a deep feeling of love? Nervous? Amazed that this child had been placed into your life? For a few short moments, I bet you can remember time standing still as reality set in and the new rhythm of daily life began.
As a parent, life starts to take on a new rhythm and a new meaning. You are now responsible for another life besides your own. God has entrusted you to “train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. You are the primary spiritual influence in your child’s life with 24 hours a day to lead them. You might be thinking, “How am I supposed to lead my child? I need help!”
The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. The church is here to partner with you and walk alongside you as they learn and grow in their faith.
So, what does it mean to be the primary spiritual influence of your child? What does it look like? It means that you can use specific times throughout your day to talk to your child about faith.
Think of the natural times throughout your day that you spend time with your child. If you have younger children, it may be at bath time or bed time, and for older children it might be at meal time or in the car going back and forth to activities. These are perfect times to engage in faith conversations or add faith into your child’s day. This is called creating a rhythm in your house.
How to create a rhythm in your home:
1. Talk With Them
Talking about God with your young child can be as easy as taking them for a walk in the stroller and pointing out things such as the sky, the birds, and the flowers. Interact with them in small ways by showing them the world that God made.
2. Pray With Them
Bed time is a great time to pray with your elementary child. Ask each other what you can pray about. Your prayer time could lead to great conversations and help them to open up to you. It’s a way to encourage and build your faith as you seek God together.
3. Connect With Them
Driving in the car with teens can be a time when you have their undivided attention. It is a perfect opportunity to connect and dive into topics a little deeper. Have you ever considered making car time a device free zone? Even if it’s only on occasion, this could be a great option to provide additional opportunities to talk to your teenager.
Unless you are intentional about having regular conversations with your child, the “Circle of Life” will keep moving forward. The 24 hours that you’ve been given each day will keep passing by. I challenge you to create a rhythm in your house and begin having regular faith conversations. Accept the role that God has designed just for you as the spiritual leader of the child he has placed in your life. As you do this, you may even start to experience “Hakuna Matata,” which means “no worries for the rest of your days” as you lead your child into life everlasting with a God who loves them unconditionally.