From the Christian Parenting Corner
Celebrations and the Christian Parent--Thanksgivingby Sylvia Cochran
How do you know?
The answer to this question is actually quite simple: does your child know you love her/him more than life itself? Does s/he understand that God loved her/him more than His own son?
The odds are that your child is aware of the love you have for her/him. The odds are also good that there are times when s/he views your love as conditional, i.e. when you must choose to go to work instead of staying for 15 more minutes to play another round of Candy Land.
Yet, how does your child view God's love for her/him? Does s/he feel that God has conditions attached to His love? Is s/he ever vigilant for God to be unavailable at some time or for some reason?
Let's make sure...
Acquaint your child with the fact that s/he is a treasured possession in God's mind. If He has a fridge, your child's (and your!) photo is on it. Allow your child to understand that when s/he does something right (even when nobody else sees it), God in heaven is pointing it out to an angel, quite possibly high-fifing her/him in the process! Allow your child to understand that while God put some house-rules in place, He does not demand slavish obedience for the sake of earning His love, but instead, seeks obedience as an expression of our love for Him.
Share the Scripture in Exodus 19:5-6 with your child, to help cement the idea of obeying God fully so as to be able to take her/his position in God's Kingdom of priests. Read Deuteronomy 7:6 together and help the child to understand that s/he is chosen, individually, by God. Her/his existence is no fluke, no accident, and did not occur by chance. Similarly, s/he having the opportunity to become a Christian is not a coincidence, but instead is God's plan! Help your child to understand how to respond to these Bible truths with heartfelt awe and gratitude.
So what does this have to do with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday? I am glad you asked...
The hustle and bustle of the holidays has a way of keeping us, the Christian parents, running from store to store, talking on the phone incessantly, cooking until the cows come home, and causing us to put our children in front of the TV set in an attempt to keep them out of our way. Is this truly the best way to inspire expressions of gratitude in our children? ... (Continued below)…
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About Sylvia Cochran
Sylvia is a seasoned writer, born and raised in Germany. Having been exposed to a variety of religions and traditions due to travel and study, Sylvia has been a student of the Bible for more than ten years, and has for the last four years taught in small groups about Biblical principles, practical Christianity, Christian parenting, as well as the spiritual use of money. Sylvia also provides Free Online Courses at Suite 101. Sylvia's goal is to provide help and encouragement to raise the next generation of Christ-followers.