I hope to give a vision through these posts that learning to invest in the lives of others isn’t a complicated, difficult task. Families with little ones can be a part of ministering to others. This post will give you ideas if you are a family with only little people. Next time, I’ll talk about things families with older kids can undertake.
Learning by example is a powerful way to learn. As you take your little ones by the hand and seek to be a blessing to those around you, believe me, those little people are taking it all in. I raised 14 kids. I understand your time is limited. Some things you just have to say “NO” to and wait for a different season of life, but teaching kids to be servant-hearted is something that shouldn’t wait. It’s what you’re supposed to be doing and it’s SO much more important than teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. It’s foundational.
It’s so easy, especially for homeschoolers, to inadvertently communicate to our kids that life is all about them. We’re looking for the perfect curriculum to meet their needs, engaging them in activities that they are passionate about, taking them on exciting outings, planning special parties and events and all that is good. We should be doing that, BUT, are we failing to instill in them a higher calling?
Why are we here? Why does God leave us on this earth after we get saved? Why not just take us to heaven then and there? What are we trying to equip them for? To get a good job? To be happy in life?
How can we raise unselfish kids in today’s world? How can we teach them to be sensitive to the needs of others rather than just seeking to please themselves?
Society is constantly sending the message that life is all about them. But the truth is, we are here on this earth to serve our Savior, not just to entertain ourselves.
This is why my daughter Kelley and I wrote Character in Action. We want to help give kids a vision that God has mighty purposes for their lives; they don’t have to wait until they are adults to get busy about it. In this book, “the cousins” are involved in ministering to people God has brought into their lives.