Take this quick faith formation quiz! It will take just 2 minutes to answer the following four questions.
Question 1 Choose A, B or C as a technique you might use for teaching your child to read:
- Enroll in a school program where reading is taught five days a week. Practice reading at home with your children and help them sound out words. Purchase or borrow fun and exciting books to help keep reading interesting.
- Drop your child off at the library once a week and pick them up an hour later.
- Fill your home with bookshelves filled with all kinds of books. Hope that your child will eventually pick a book off the shelf and start reading.
Question 2 Choose A, B or C as a technique you might use for teaching your child to play baseball:
- Sign-up to be on a baseball team where coaches work with your child on skills for hitting, fielding and throwing. Buy your child a glove, ball and bat. Several times each week find time to play catch and practice batting.
- Take your child to an empty baseball field. Give them a glove, ball and bat. Without saying a word, watch to see how they use the equipment.
- As much as possible, have baseball games on TV playing in the background of your home.
The best answers to questions 1 & 2 seem obvious. And, the alternative answers seem almost ridiculous. See if the answer to question 3 is as obvious and if the alternatives are as far fetched.
Question 3 Choose A, B or C as the technique you might use for teaching your child about the Christian faith:
- Take your child to church once a week. Drop him off at Sunday School for an hour or two.
- Live a good life and go to church as regularly as possible. Hope that your child picks up the faith by watching how you live.
- Each week take time to proactively teach your child a principle, value or belief of the Christian faith. Look for opportunities daily to apply the lessons you have been teaching. Support primary training in the home by participating in church Sunday School and children programs.
Question 4 Prioritize the following three outcomes of educational, athletic, and spiritual training with a ranking of 1-3. Which outcome is most important to you?
_ Your child becoming a straight A student.
_ Your child batting .360 for the season.
_ Your child developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
For the last question, most of us would choose our “child developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ” as the highest priority. However, most of us will find from answering questions 1, 2 and 3 that more of our time and resources go into our child’s education and athletic endeavors than into their spiritual development.
Intentionally or unintentionally we are teaching our children what we value to be important. In Matthew 6:21 we read, “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” We might also say, what the parent treasures, there will be the heart of the child also.
There is nothing wrong with a good education or enjoying sports. Yet, there is something wrong when families omit spiritual training from daily life.
When our children are grown will they look back to their childhood and have memories of proactive spiritual training in the home? Can our children see from the way we use our time and resources that “following Jesus” is our highest priority?
For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.
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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