We believe that discovery, learning, and self-realization are not experiences reserved for children. Wondering how to facilitate these opportunities for spiritual and personal growth? Here are some suggestions:
Ask and Answer Questions: Questions are a vital tool that little ones use to unpack, and make sense of, the world around them. Encourage this curiosity in your children by welcoming questions about life, God, and morality. If and when you find your child asking question such as, “Who made the world?” or, “What happens when people die?” don’t try to change the subject, but walk with them through the question. Ask them why they want to ask such a question and what they think the answer might be. Tell them what you think is true, and maybe take some time to look at the Bible with your kids to see if you both could discover new answers there. It is amazing what truths we can find in places such as the Bible that we think we know all about, but might actually have many misconceptions. Taking time to find answers is not only a great bonding experience, but a chance for you to grow and solidify your own beliefs.
Voyage in Faith: If you don’t feel you have found the ultimate spiritual truth, don’t give up! Set sail with your youngster across the sea of different churches and synagogues, all the while looking for that truth of life that will satisfy the hearts of you and your child. Your children will enjoy attending services and holiday events that shed light on those “big questions” floating in their minds (and let’s be honest, yours too). And, always remember, Jews for Jesus provides many opportunities for you to discover and learn along with us throughout the year.
Don’t Go it Alone: Ever hear that saying, “It takes a village to raise a child?” Well, that saying couldn’t be truer! We believe we were made to live in community and rely on others for help, support, and guidance. More likely than not, your kiddos are constantly seeking community, through making friends at the park or talking way too long to the clerk at the bodega. Join your children in their desire to seek community and find others who are on a similar journey of spiritual discovery. Find a friend to bounce ideas off of or visit a church with. Maybe even talk to someone who feels assured in their beliefs and have them lead you through their expedition of faith. Coming along side you is what we do best at Jews for Jesus. Our staff would love the opportunity to join you and your child as you look for and discover the truth about life, faith, and God. Just ask!