Watching the News is Spiritual
Hillary and I know that we are the primary spiritual influencers of our children but we have failed many times in figuring out how we do this. Just this past week, we tried to have an intentional family time discussion on the Lord’s Prayer and it definitely failed. Anna quickly became distracted and Norah was jumping all over the couch. I couldn’t keep their attention and was pretty discouraged.
God has a way of encouraging us and reminding us that we are on the right track even in the midst of discouragement. Last night our oldest daughter, Anna, and I were going through our nightly ritual of watching the news together. We were watching an interview with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Anna turned to me and said, “Daddy that guy is lying! He says people like him but they don’t!” At that point, I realized Anna is picking up on so much more than we think. Through the Egypt protests and troubles in the Middle East, Anna and I have been talking about world events as we watch the news. This isn’t just an exercise in world events or geography. As I dialogue about the news, I am spiritually investing in Anna. I am showing her how a Christian worldview informs what we see happening in the world around us.
What if we saw everything we do with our kids as a spiritual exercise? It doesn’t have to be a specific “family time lesson” to be spiritual. It can be coaching our kids in soccer or helping our child with homework. Everything we do is spiritual. Too often we put on our “spiritual hat” when we go to church or pray at dinner. The real transformation happens when we see everything we do as a spiritual exercise and a chance to invest in our children spiritually.