Conveying abstract biblical principles to children or attempting to enlighten them about God in a way that keeps their attention can prove to be a challenging endeavor for any parent. That challenge can easily turn to frustration when, despite your best attempts, your child’s eyes glaze over or he tunes you out before you are able to get your point across.
Want to discover a how to make the Bible relevant to children in a way that captures their attention and has the potential to change their lives? Learning how to take advantage of teachable moments can help.
A teachable moment is one in which parents take advantage of an unplanned circumstance by applying biblical principles to what is happening right around them. Teachable moments are beneficial as they provide meaningful context to introduce or expand upon something you want your child to learn about.
An effective teachable moment consists of three components:
- A Receptive Audience. The most effective teachable moments are not planned, they occur spontaneously. To ensure your child will be receptive to the experience of a teachable moment whenever it might arise, begin by cultivating a relationship with your child. Keep the lines of communication open and make the effort to connect with your child on a regular basis.
- A Catalyst. A teachable moment begins with an event or object that can be used to illustrate a spiritual point. The rainbow that appears in the midst of a thunderstorm. The kind act of a stranger. Take note of what is going on around you and be prepared to take advantage of a teachable moment whenever the opportunity arises.
- A Truth. The third component in a teachable moment is a Bible fact or an insight about God’s character or with regard to living a life of faith. Spending time in the word and in prayer can prepare you to identify an appropriate truth when a catalyst presents itself.
Teachable moments provide a great way to open conversations with your child and provide engaging and meaningful faith building opportunities as well as the chance to draw closer to God.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Writh them on the doorframe of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9