Lunch box discipleshipby Cheryl Markland
Chances are sometime during this month a child in your home or one you know will return to school. It’s back to the routine of bedtimes, homework and packing lunches. We send them to bed earlier than we do in the summer months so that they get enough rest to be able to function well in the classroom. We listen to them read or practice multiplication tables to improve their skills, so they will be successful in their future educational endeavors. We pack healthy lunches so their bodies will have the nutrition they need to grow. But what are we doing to make sure their spiritual lives are nurtured as they go to school? I challenge you to consider lunchbox discipleship.
Deuteronomy 6 commands parents to teach their children about God throughout the routine of the day. What if you used their lunchbox as another avenue for this? Add a note or picture that reminds your child that God loves them, that you are praying for them, or include a scripture that teaches about an attribute of God. Write out a simple blessing for their food that reminds them to express gratitude for God’s gift of food. Gentle thoughts that focus on the might and love of God will help your child grow in their faith as they become disciples of Christ. God can become part of who they are just like the nutrition they receive from the lunches you pack.
I would love to hear your lunchbox discipleship stories. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We pray God’s blessings on you and your family as you return to school this year.