In an effort to evangelize within my own family I decided to try an experiment with my children. One day I sent a text to my 15-year-old son and asked “How has God blessed you today?” I then followed up with “Let’s talk about it tonight.”
At dinner I asked him: “So did you think about the question I texted earlier today?”
“Not really,” he said.
So I looked to my 20-year-old across the table and asked him the same question. His intelligent response was: “I’m still breathing.”
So my first attempt may not have produced the faith filled responses I was hoping for, but at least they were thinking, however briefly, about the gift of their faith. I decided that I’d try again sometime soon and see if it elicits a different response. At least I felt like I was trying to connect with them and encourage them to talk about their faith. If they’re not comfortable talking about it at home, I can’t expect them to do it anywhere else.
So next time I’ll target my 17-year-old and see what he says. It can’t hurt to try. And even if I get an answer like, “I dunno,” maybe the fact that I asked the question will help him to stop and think about his blessings later on. And because we’re all a part of the Christian family we have a lot of blessings.
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