Let’s Get Practical

If this story inspired you and this list gave you a sense that talking to your kids about Christ is actually doable, then today I want to share a few very practical things my wife and I do with our kids who range from 10 to 17.

The first thing to notice is that none of these ideas are particularly creative. After reading this list, you will probably think, “I could’ve come up with that.” So then why share them at all? Because I benefit from hearing what others are doing and my guess is that you do too even if that’s just knowing that no one else out there has some sort of super, great, fantastic ideas that you’re missing out on.

5 Practical Ideas

1. I use my notepad app to keep a running list of ideas to use with my family. I have to do this because when I’m getting ready to sit down for dinner, I can never remember what I wanted to share. Mostly I write down verses that I come across when I’m reading my Bible or listening to a sermon.

As we sit down for dinner I might glance at the list and then as the conversation is winding down read one of the verses. I’ll share why that verse stood out to me and then maybe (but maybe not) have a question to ask. The whole thing might take 30 seconds or it might turn into a 5 minute discussion. You never know where it’s going.

2. When I’m reading newspapers or books, I come across stories that I think might make for an interesting discussion. I recently emailed this provocative article on sexuality to my 17 year old and we had a brief discussion about it after he had a chance to read it. My guess is that the topic will come up again and provide further opportunity to talk about God’s perspective.

3. I’m an early riser and am usually long gone before my kids are awake. For a long season of time I would write out a verse for each kid on a note card and leave it for them where they eat breakfast. Each kid got the same verse although, if necessary, I would simplify it for the younger ones.

4. My wife drives our 13 and 10 year old to school each morning. Our family has so much “car time” that we’ve tried to figure out how to use it well. For us that means trying to put down the phone and turn off the radio so we can talk. Christine would pray out loud with the boys as she drove. But then she started having them pray too and then that morphed into the three of them rotating whose day it was to pray.

But that’s changed again and now she uses this book. The boys read it out loud and they have a short conversation and prayer.

5. Ross Dixon, a friend who’s on staff with RUF at Mizzou told me that he and his wife, Jenny, have found this book to be very helpful.

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