Imagine showing up to run a marathon completely unprepared. You’re wearing clunky boots instead of running shoes and have no clue where the course goes or what kind of weather to expect. You’ve never studied running techniques or how to pace yourself for the long haul. Basically, you have no idea what you’re doing.
A race like that would be a disaster, wouldn’t it? No serious runner would ever show up to the starting line with such little preparation. Yet, sometimes we treat our kids’ faith the same way.
As parents, it’s easy to forget that our child’s baptism isn’t a finish line. It’s a starting line. It’s the beginning of a life-long journey of following Jesus. That’s why we need to do everything we can to equip our kids to run this race of faith.
Here in the Big Picture Show, we have created a tool to make that job a little bit easier. It’s an online devotional for elementary kids called The Adventure Begins.
In this devotional kids will discover basic faith skills like how to pray, navigate the Bible, resist temptation and live on mission. They will also learn what to do when following Jesus isn’t so much fun, like those times when they mess up and sin, when they face trials and tragedy or when they just don’t feel like God loves them.
The Adventure Begins is especially helpful right after a child is baptized because it helps them establish a personal devotion time and lets them know what they can expect in their new adventure with Jesus, but this resource can be used at any point to help kids learn what it looks like to live a life of faith.
Check out The Adventure Begins to help your child to be as prepared as possible to run an amazing race as they follow Jesus in the days ahead. Also, if you need help talking to your kids about baptism, try our online resource to help your child understand what it means to begin a relationship with God.