This month, we've been talking about trust with the kids. They are learning what it means to put their trust in God and depend on him even when life gets confusing or hard to handle. September's memory verse is Proverbs 3:5.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.
To put our trust in God, means to feel helpless and wait on His command. This can be scary for us to, especially as adults - even more so when taking care of children - we don't want to be helpless. However, when we feel helpless, it can bring us to the realization that we can't do life on our own. And in order to trust God, we have to use every bit of ourselves. If we only trust Him "partly", we really don't trust Him at all. We must have a steady confidence in God's wisdom and love for us. When we begin to doubt, that's when we start leaning on ourselves. Our understanding is broken because we don't see the whole picture. But God does, and that's why we can choose to trust Him fully with our lives.
Our kids are still deciding who they can trust in life. They are still forming their opinions and relying on us to show them the truth. We have a great responsibility to show them that they can trust God even when life gets hard. All of us have had rough times in life, but I believe we've chosen to keep our belief in the Lord. These are the moments we need to let the kids see - this is what will help them choose to put their trust in God during their hard times too. And that will develop their own faith in the Lord [instead of resting just on their parent's faith].
It's important to remember that Jesus always initiates the relationship with a potential believer before we as humans ever do. But that does not discount the responsibility that God has given to us as parents and leaders in the church to teach them also.