There is no substitute for faith being built into life. I’m not sure faith is something you just “have”. I think it’s something you learn. Hebrews 11:1- “Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith is built through experience.
As I look at my life I have come to realize that my faith has been built forged through the experiences that I allowed. But even larger than that, my faith was built through the experiences that my parents allowed me to be involved in or lead our family in.
Think about the largeness of that statement…the decisions you make as a parent are either leading your children to or away from greater faith in the Lord.
This is why it’s so incredibly important that faith be built into our children’s lives when they are young. It’s so much easier to accept the largeness of life when everything in life is large. When they are so innocent to realize that everything is bigger than their ability. That also speaks to the faith they build from you just being their parents. You are demonstrating faith to your children by being faithful to the commitments and promises you are leading through in their lives.
Could it be the reason they are struggling being faithful as a teen is because they didn’t watch you be faithful as a toddler?
Please don’t hear me coming down on you, I struggle with this as much as anyone else and the most important thing I have realized is the best time to start teaching anything is today, so make it a determination to be intentional about teaching faith…today.
Faith is fleshed out in so many ways. Namely and most importantly faith in Jesus for salvation.
After faith in salvation, they are learning sustaining faith; the faith that helps through our lives. Sometimes this is even more specific than faith in salvation. For some reason it’s takes more faith to live than it does to trust God for eternal life. I want my kids to learn that we can trust God with every part of our lives including our eternal life and they need to see that fleshed out.