One thing I have discovered over the years is that kids need to experience God in such a way that He feels real to them.  I remember our older son Alex saying to us when he was in 2nd or 3rd grade that he just really wanted God to reveal Himself to him.  I think he felt that if he could really “feel” God and know His presence than he could believe that he was real and involved in his own personal life.

As our boys have grown we have tried to give them experiences that would put them in situations where they would see God “show up”.  From feeding the homeless to serving at non-profits all the way to a mission trip to Rwanda, Africa our boys have been given a bird’s eye view of how the rest of the world lives and how desperate some are to feel the hand of God.  As our boys have journeyed through these experiences their perspective on life has changed, their thinking has broadened and having witnessed starvation and joy all in one moment the course of their lives will never be the same.

My point is this…..children need to be mentored in the idea that the world is a very big place.  They need to know that though they are important and their life circumstances count for much in God’s economy, there are “worlds” of people out there that live in circumstances far worse than theirs.  They need to know and experience what it feels like to give back, to extend themselves and deny their own basic desires for the benefit of someone else.  In this they will find a  satisfaction and joy of having been used by God to deliver comfort, tangible needs, and relationship.

Alex and Mitch with our sponsor child, Angelique.  She is wearing the new clothes we had just given her.

Alex and Mitch with our sponsor child, Angelique. She is wearing the new clothes we had just given her.

Alex and Mitch delivering rice and beans to a family in Rwanda.

Alex and Mitch delivering rice and beans to a family in Rwanda.

Consider this……

  • Have you as parents contemplated how you will broaden your family’s world view?
  • How will your children experience the love and power of Christ in their lives while still under your roof?
  • What intentional steps can you take to mentor your children in giving back to the world they live in?

Look for how the Rettmann Family spent one of our days during spring break!!  More soon…..

-Angie

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Comments on: "experiences that matter most" (1)

  1. Jill Cain said:

    Angie, this is awesome. What a powerful truth to share with your kids!

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