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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Introducing Christ

A Christian mama like me also wants my kid (or coming kids) to know Christ. Not so much for any righteous reason or anything but for the young, for them to get acquainted with Someone who exemplifies obedience in all His life.

But it's a wait-and-see attitude for me. Actually, it's teach-comma-wait-and-see attitude.

Because what's clear to me now is that I'll leave it to the kids to decide what to make of that, of Christianity in their own lives.

I'll give the options but will not force them on their throats. An example would be, although I'd like also for Matt to attend Sunday classes or hear mass regularly, I cannot force him, when the time comes, to do that when he doesn't want to. Yeah, it's like that.

And right now, I'm slowly groping for a way to introduce Christ in dear Matt's life. Nothing complicated, it's just small things that may (or may not) matter. Kiddo is way too young for Sunday School lessons or big complicated things like that. So it's just little things like teaching him to make the Sign of the Cross, pointing out images of Jesus, Mary, Joseph or some angels and saints or praying with him before bedtime.

I'm even avoiding calling Mary as Mama Mary or referring Joseph as Papa Joseph because that might confuse my son. But in the context of Christ being her son (and telling Matt that), I use Mama Mary.

Read more of the recent session we have had of this alternative teaching at home, click here.


bing said...

As of Proverbs 22:6, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." I agree with you Naids, start introducing Christ to him while he is still young.

sandierpastures said...

my mother is introducing religion to Pristine because I am a bad mama...=)

ZAM said...

flip man ka grace...your comment reminds me of a post I'm working on...draft level lang cge..heheh

HowToMe said...

2 thoughts

1) Teaching at a public high school has taught me that it is impossible to unteach something and extremely difficult to change gears. If you want your child to know about Christ present the evidence from birth and then leave the choice to him/her.

2) principle of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 suggests communicating God's will for all of us (including Christ) should be a constant practice.

"4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."

Thanks for tolerating such a long comment. I enjoyed your post. It is a fairly common situation.

(seen in Carnival of Family)