I was recently spending time with some children and I noticed how many of them were getting their spiritual foundations established through Youtube, Christian e-apps & Veggietales. Some were singing along to children worship videos and some were swiping and tapping on the Kids Bible app as they read about Bible stories and played games. Don’t get me wrong, I personally think that such resources are really helpful but it just got me thinking if they have overtaken the role of parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles in building up the spirit man of our young ones.
I, too, grew up watching quite a number of Christian animations. But truth be told, 25 years on, I can’t recall anything that I’ve learnt from them. Instead, what has been steering me forward are lessons taught to me by my parents. One particular lesson was on how kids could change the world through prayer.
It wasn’t anything too phenomenal; no sea-splitting or fire falling from heaven, yet, I still clearly remember what I walked away learning that day.
I learnt that God wanted me on his team. Even though I was young and there were many things that I couldn’t or didn’t know how to do, God still wanted me.
I learnt that in the Kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit is able to guide me whether I’m 5 or 50. His power flows regardless of age. And that, to the 5-year-old me, was huge news! It meant that I, too, could be part of the “real deal”.
I learnt that even though I was physically small, through prayer, I was spiritually large because Jesus was with me.
Armed with those lessons, I remembered I was bent on praying for healing for Hammy, my pet hamster. At that point in time, I thought that surely this was what God meant when he said that we could change the world. If Hammy was healed, the world would definitely be better. My parents didn’t try to convince me that healing Hammy wasn’t God’s idea of a better world. They saw it as a faith-building opportunity. So I prayed, my parents did too and Hammy was healed. It was truly a miracle.
But more than just sowing into a miraculous experience, my parents had taken time to sow into
a Christ encounter; my Christ encounter.
And they journeyed with me step by step.
I believe it was a long journey my parents took and they definitely faced many challenges in keeping me on track, but it helped to establish my spiritual foundations which has sustained me through the years.
As I think back on that, I can’t help but wonder if I have sown more into affirming a child’s identity in Christ and journeying with them step by step or if I have spent more time flipping out the ever “trusty” Youtube app whenever children are around!
Charissa is the Worship Director at Community of Praise Baptist Church, and is actively involved in the youth ministry and missions. She has also been living out her potential as a HR practitioner for the past 7 years. On the side, Charissa also serves as a “part-time babysitter” for her niece and 2 nephews.
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