Telling Our Faith Story
I remember when my family applied at Logos Prep and we were asked to attend a family interview. I remember thinking this would be a new experience for us. We had never been interviewed as a family. Our son, eight years old at the time, wanted to wear a suit and a bowtie and I remember the girls not sharing his enthusiasm for having to dress up. During the interview, we were asked questions about our faith and our story. It was after the interview that both my husband and I reflected that it may have been the first time our children had heard how we came to know Christ and how we have seen Him working throughout our lives. It shouldn't have been the first time we had shared our story, but we just had never thought to be intentional about sharing our faith story. However, sharing God’s work in our lives has been one of the most powerful parenting tools. Sharing faith and redemption through family stories weaves a powerful chord that can shape children’s identity and faith.
Sharing our story with our children gives a context of belonging and their connection to a heritage to something bigger. Story-telling is a way of coming alongside your child and framing their identity within the context of heritage. In my husband’s family, his grandfather came to know Christ when he was sent to an orphanage during the depression. These stories remind us of who we are in Christ and that God has been faithful and steadfast throughout generations. Family storytelling becomes a way of orienting ourselves into the BIGGER story of the kingdom and helps shape children’s understanding of themselves.
Sharing our stories of faith helps show faith in action and how it is lived out. Often children may think God only worked in miraculous ways in ancient times or that heroes of the faith are people in books. Sharing our own redemptive stories shows that God is at work in our own lives. I will admit sharing my own story with my children is not easy, but it has shown my own children that God is still about the work of transformation, forgiveness, and redemption. By sharing my faith story, my kids see that I am human and that I know it is not easy to live out a faith or a calling. My faith story brings context to why I make some decisions that they may not understand and gain an understanding of how I approach problems and struggles. By sharing our stories of faith it reveals how God works over time and that He is not done! Our story…His story is not over yet.
“I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
Elementary Education Principal
Logos Preparatory Academy