While We Try to Teach Our Children All About Life: A Journey of Growing Faith

Often as parents, we find ourselves wondering if we’re doing enough to prepare our children for the world. We give advice, we guide, we teach, but have you ever thought about the lessons we learn in the process? Let’s embark on an inspiring journey where we discover that while we try to teach our children about life, we, too, grow in faith and understanding.

The Potent Example of Jesus

Jesus Christ, while guiding His disciples, illustrated life’s fundamental principles. He showed patience, embodying love and humility, while nurturing those who followed Him. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." As He welcomed children, He set an everlasting example of love and learning.

Reflect on this: How often do we slow down to see the world through our children’s eyes? Are we open to the lessons they can teach us about faith, simplicity, and love?

Lessons from the Everyday

Life is filled with teachable moments, not just for our children but also for us as parents. Every question they ask, every mistake they make, and every challenge they face are opportunities to grow together.

  • Empathy and Patience: When your child cannot understand a math problem or ties their shoes incorrectly, it expands your patience. Romans 5:3-4 tells us, "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope."

  • Joy in Small Things: Children find joy in the simplest things—a butterfly, a puddle of water, or a colorful crayon. Isaiah 55:12 says, "For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Their joy can remind us to appreciate and find wonder in simplicity.

  • Unwavering Faith: The way children trust and love unconditionally can teach us about wholehearted faith and devotion. Psalm 37:5 affirms, "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act." Our children’s faith can rekindle our belief.

Interactive question: Think back to a recent moment with your child—what did they teach you that you might have missed if you weren’t paying attention?

The Construct of Character

Our children watch our every move, learning more from our actions than our words. As we strive to be good role models, we’re also working on our integrity, compassion, and resilience. Proverbs 22:6 advises, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Just as we aim to mold our children’s character, the journey shapes us too. We evolve as individuals, gaining wisdom and strength from our parenting challenges and triumphs.

Building a Strong Foundation Together

When we instill values and principles in our children, we lay the groundwork for mutual growth—a spiritual foundation that nurtures both child and parent. Reflection and prayer can become communal activities that strengthen family bonds.

Reflection Activity:

Take a few minutes tonight to pray with your child, asking God to guide both of you in learning and growing together. Share a lesson you’ve learned from them recently and listen to what they might have absorbed from you.


In trying to teach our children all about life, we uncover profound lessons about ourselves. Embrace these moments, learn together, and let the shared journey nurture both your spirits.

Call to Action:

We’d love to hear your stories! Have your children taught you something unexpected? Share your experiences in the comments below, and let’s celebrate this beautiful journey of growth together.

With every lesson, let’s cherish and grow, realizing that in guiding our children, we are also grasping pieces of God’s infinite wisdom.

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