A different kind of light: Teaching your kids how to shine like the Moon
When we hear the term radiant light or shining for Jesus we think of a light that’s so bright you’d have to shield your eyes from its glare, we think of the sun. Well what about the moon? I’ve decided I want my kids to shine like the moon!
Shine like the moon?
One evening while driving down a dark road, we took notice of the moon. Darkness covered the sky, but the moon shone bright. In fact, it shone so bright there was a hazy glow around it. “That! That’s what it looks like to shine for Jesus!” I said to my kids. We should emit a light that makes people curious. A light that cuts through the darkness, and doesn’t try to fit in to the darkness around it.
What I’m teaching
Versus & the lessons I’m teaching from them
The reality is we do have to go out into the word, not just be little lights shining around other little lights. So, let’s make an effort to share our light with others who need their way lit.
- Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
We have no reason to fear the “darkness”; we need to begin seeing it differently. Rather than shutting ourselves in for fear, as if someone was going to get their sin all over us, we should embrace the opportunity to speak about Jesus and salvation. If we stand firm, with God as our foundation, we will not be easily shaken. They need to learn that’s it’s totally possible to stand firm in their convictions without giving into the temptations around them.
- John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness,and the darkness can never extinguish it
I have to make more of an effort to remind my children (and myself) that going into the world is what we’re called to do, it’s what Jesus did. I try to shield them from so much that I think I may have instilled a hesitant attitude in them.
- Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”.
Now as a mama, I’ll never give up the healthy fear I have for my children. Obviously, there’s a lot I’m not ready to open them up to, but I have to be willing to accept God at his word.
- Psalm 27: 1 the Lord is my light and salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid.
Opportunities I used to help them shine for Jesus
- Helping folks who may be struggling with their groceries in the parking lot
- Encouraged them to share their snacks with a woman on the street who was in need of a hand up
- Holding the door for others, even if it meant they had to wait longer than expected for someone to get to the door
All of these should be followed by a “have a blessed day” or “God bless you”. I want my children to become comfortable in saying Jesus’ name to people they’re not even sure have heard the name of Jesus. My prayer is that these little baby steps will embolden their hearts and loosen their lips to let the name of Jesus fall out.
I hope you remember this lesson the next time you’re looking up at the moon with your children, that this vision of the moon shining in the darkness will the perfect opportunity for you to speak about the lights we should all be.
Please, share with me! I’d love to hear how your encouraging your kids to step out in faith…comment below!
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