For all of my married life, I’ve lived in American suburbia. Nice, comfortable, clean….the kind of places where it’s generally very easy to forget that there is a struggling world out there. As a stay at home mom who has cut off cable, it’s easy to insulate myself and my kids without any effort or intentionally doing so.
The downside of suburbia is that it is easy to get caught up in routine everyday life that includes school, sports, hanging out with friends, etc., and all the while unconsciously being swallowed up into a vortex that pulls my mind away from the hurting and suffering in the world. It can also easily mislead my kids about the struggles that the majority of the world faces.
I don’t like being numbed into routine and ignorance, but without intentionality on my part, it easily happens. If I, who have experienced the third world personally, have been made sick by bad water, have gotten malaria on numerous occasions, and have held dying babies can suffer from heart cooling and hardening and must fight against it, how much more do I need to be very intentional in training my kids to not ignore the world around them.
A couple of years ago, at an Oasis weekend led by the Crescent Project, I stumbled across a wonderful little book that offers practical and valuable suggestions on how to be an intentioanl family and train kids to become aware of what the world is really like, and learn to reach out and serve people both locally and globally.
It is called:
This short volume reminds us to evaluate the essentials of life, and provides doable ways to introduce our kids to global awareness, and introduces the invaluable process of learning to pray for other countries and places where God is working throughout the world.
My boys are now at the age where I can really begin implementing some of Thomas’s suggestions, and encourage you to peruse the book yourself. As busy moms, it is easy to wonder how we can really help promote the kingdom and global change when we are at home cleaning up Legos, giving baths, and digging through the laundry to find matching socks. This book offers beginning, low stress ways to help fan into flame the love for people and God’s mission in our children.
Seeking to fully live,