Our friend Kara Powell guest posted on the Parent Cue blog. She recently published The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family through her research with Fuller Youth Institute. We are so excited to share this resource that is written specifically for families who want to help their kids grow and develop a lasting faith. Here’s one thing that she has learned through her research:
“I’m not sure I’m a good person for you to interview. I’ve had to apologize to my daughters three times in the last week alone.”
Having completed a number of interviews already, I knew this dad was the perfect person to help me understand Sticky Faith. During our research for The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, a research grant enabled us to interview 50 parents that are especially effective in nurturing long-term faith in their kids. For myself and the team conducting the interviews, the power of parents apologizing to their kids was quickly becoming clear.
What separates Christianity from every other religion is grace. All other religions believe we reach God through obedience and behaviors; in Christianity, God reaches us through unmerited grace.
If we want our homes to drip with grace, we as parents need to be quick to apologize. Confessing our mistakes to our kids and asking them to forgive us not only builds closer family relationships, it also helps our kids experience the closeness of God’s tender mercies.
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