Take Your Kids to Church

Take your kids to church.

Make the effort. Wake them up early. Fool with the belts and the buckles and the fancy hair bows. Endure the sleepy, grumpy faces and the misplaced shoes. Run around like a mad woman gathering everybody’s everything and trying to get out the door on time. Hop to the car with a shoe in each hand. Give those babies a pop-tart and some milk and let ‘em eat it in the car. If its raining, get wet. If its cold, get a jacket. If you’re tired, go tired. But take those babies to church. You know why?

Because Jesus is there.

He’s there. And He’ll meet them there. And you too, Mama.
He’ll be there in the sweet smile of their Sunday School teacher as she greets them into their room. He’ll be there in the goldfish and the apple juice and the filling of their little bellies and hearts. He’ll be there in the hug from a sweet friend and the encouraging smile that assures you that they “just barely made it” too. He’ll be there in the sacred words read from the Bible speaking truth to their little impressionable hearts. He’ll be there in the worship and the raised hands and the watery eyes and whispers of praise.

So take them. Carry all of their Bibles and drawings and toilet paper tube creations. Sit by them in worship. Open your Bible and open theirs. Show them how to find the scripture the pastor is preaching from. Show them how to worship. Explain to them why He’s worthy of worship. Let them see you laugh and cry and praise and study. Forgive their wiggles and paper rustles and know that they’re listening even when it seems like they aren’t. Ask them questions and answer the ones they ask you. Introduce them to Jesus. Tell them of His greatness – his power – his faithfulness. Tell them with your words and show them with your life. Tell them what he’s done for you and how you’ve been changed by His grace and forgiveness and goodness and love. Tell them how they can be too. Point them to Jesus. Over and over and over again.

Take your kids to church. They’ll love it there. It’s the only place where they can go and just be themselves. They don’t have to “be” good enough or smart enough or athletic enough. They don’t have to perform for approval or achievement. They just get to go and hear how much God loves them. Just because they’re them. Just because He created them, they’re valued. Wanted. Their worth isn’t based on the grades they make or their ability to throw a curveball. Its not dependent on their performance or skill level. And they need a little more of that, don’t you think? A little more grace and a little less pressure. A little more love and a few less demands.

Take them to church. Before you take them to the ballfield or the gym. Before you take them on vacation or to grandma’s or to the backyard to play. Take them to church. Let them know its a priority. Show them it has eternal value. Let them see you set aside schedules and extra curricular activities and work and busy-ness to be present with the Lord in His house. I promise you won’t regret it. I promise you it won’t return back void.
Take them to church.

–Author: Megan Breeland Woodham One Step Ministries.

4 thoughts on “Take Your Kids to Church

  1. Wow! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Great message for all parents, not just moms. I remember going to church alone in the 4-5 years before leaving for college (do you remember dropping me off and picking me up?). I wonder how that might have felt had our family attended together, been touched by the Father’s love together, known and served Jesus together, and experienced the power of the Holy Spirit as a family. Wow.

    1. Yes I remember driving you to church and picking you up – it gave me a chance to have a quick smoke in the car hahaha!
      Things would have been different BUT I also think that things happen just as they are intended to in the lives of Christians 🤗.

  2. I agree with you 100%…..I did take my children to church but then they grow up and of course you know who is waiting out in the big bad world…..it is sooo important to witness, witness, witness. This past week when I went to visit my youngest Rosemary and her boyfriend Austin I really wanted to witness but had prayed that the Holy Spirit would let me know…..I didn’t feel it was the right time….although I witness a little here and there. They have accepted Jesus but they need a personal relationship with him and of course to repent of current sins and read the bible which they are not….so I pray, witness in little ways and trust in Jesus…..He says he will gives us the desires of our heart….well that is my desire that my family get to know and accept Jesus and we all be with him in heaven one day….so for now I pray and wait and my prayer is that he open their eyes, awaken their spirit and bring a kingdom connection to witness to them because you know it always more received from others then ones own family…..but again I agree with you do it while they are young…..they say they will come back if they stray…..love ya….Debbie

    1. Yes, I pray those same kinds of prayers, I know that Casey believes and was baptized when she was 11 (I think?) but we never stop praying for them to continue to seek God’s will – and His will only – do we? I think that’s both a blessing and a burden that parents always have with us to pray for our kids no matter how old they are. And grandkids too. 🙏💕🙏

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