A spiritual memory can be an item, event or conversation connected to our Christian faith. For example, a cross displayed on a mantle. Or, a chair where you regularly read the Bible. Or, a family Bible lesson on sharing. Or, a conversation about sharing and how Jesus teaches us to share what we have.
Before announcing plans to take an inventory of our spiritual memories, I had drawn a simple floor plan of our house. The plan included upstairs, downstairs, and even the garage. We started in the kitchen and moved from room to room as each family member shared their memories.
In less than 30 minutes we had a list of 90 spiritual memories! The memories included conversations with friends about the faith, Christian music and videos, shirts and jewelry with Christian messages, meals with missionaries, prayers, Bible studies, and Family Time Bible lessons. Every family member came up with at least 20 memories!
Each memory gave us an opportunity to review a spiritual lesson learned.
God designed the family to be the primary spiritual teacher in the lives of children. One good test to evaluate if we are being obedient to God’s call is to see if the majority of our children’s spiritual memories are within the home.
Spiritual training in the home tells children:
1. Our Christian faith is the guiding force of our family and in each of our lives.
2. Our Christian faith is for everyday, not just Sunday.
3. Our Christian faith is important and worthy of sharing with others.
4. Our Christian faith is a personal faith.
The challenge! This week, sit down as a family and complete the “Spiritual Memory Inventory” activity. (Explain the difference between a spiritual memories and other memories.) Using a reward, like a nickel per memory, can be helpful with younger children. Be intentional about creating spiritual memories in the home and repeat the Spiritual Memory Inventory each year.
By Kirk Weaver
Husband to Trudi
Dad to two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder and Executive Director of Family Time Training
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