My Easter story is a bit unorthodox…out of the ordinary, you might say.
As an only child who grew up with parents of different religions (a Jewish father and an Anglican mother from England – neither of whom regularly practiced their faith, mind you…), you could say I was a bit confused.
After all, on one side of the coin you have someone who believes the Messiah has yet to come; on the other, you have someone who believes He’s not only come, but died and rose again! Either story comes of as a bit ‘unbelievable’ to a young mind, but when neither is even explained to you, it makes you want to throw it all up in the air.
Perhaps that’s why I remember, after my parents divorced when I was seven, telling my father I wanted to be Christian (so I wouldn’t have to go to temple) and my mother I wanted to be Jewish (so I wouldn’t have to go to church).
I really didn’t give religion much of a chance…let alone a relationship with Christ.
Perhaps that is why Easter marks such a milestone in my heart each year. Not only does it remind me that God was able to touch a cynic’s heart like mine, but that if He could get a hold of my heart, no-one is out of reach.
Take it from someone who came to know Christ later in life, Easter represents a time when people are seeking to know more about Jesus…or at least are much more open to hearing about Him because of the way the world celebrates. This fact alone makes the road easier to invite others to listen to your Christ story.
And that’s all you need to share with people who ask: your story. Not a million verses. Not someone else’s story. Simply your journey.
So what does that mean to me as a parent? It reminds me that these aforementioned points should not be lost on my kids. I don’t want them to have to struggle with the self-doubt and self-esteem issues I did because I didn’t know where true love came from. But just because they’re growing up hearing about Christ does not make them immune to the struggles we all faced as kids.
What I can teach them is that their happiness will never stem from what grade they get, how beautiful they are, or how many trophies they earn. All I can hope to teach them is simple: People will disappoint you; God will not.
Regardless of whether He does what you want when you want, you can know that HIS promises are true because of the most simple and most powerful truth I know:
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. ~ 1 John 4:9-10
You may think your child knows all about Jesus already, or you may have stumbled upon this post ‘on accident’, having never taught your child one thing about Christianity. Regardless of what side of the spectrum you sit on, may this moment in time not pass you by to make an impact for eternity.
It may be as simple as showing young ones how God loves them through a story like “An Easter Prayer” or changing the daily course of a young girl’s life with Sheila Walsh’s “Shine Your Light” devotional. Regardless of how you choose to present the message to your children, make it authentic.
After all, they don’t expect you to have all the answers, but simply to admit when you don’t and be willing to walk along side them as they script the steps for their own journey of faith.
Will you walk in the status quo, or allow the Easter story to challenge you and your family in a new way this year?
With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami appears regularly on TV & Radio as a Frugal Expert and has been blogging for Tommy Nelson since 2010. Sami and her husband of seven years, Rick, thrive in Nashville with their two children.