True confession time. The day we brought my daughter home from the hospital, I completely panicked. I had never taken care of a baby before, at least not without a responsible adult in the room. But my wife didn’t seem to care. The moment we walked in the door she handed me our daughter and said, “I’m going to sleep.”
I said, “Wait, what? You’re leaving her with me? Alone?”
I’m not sure what I thought was going to happen when we got home, but I guess I’d hoped for some kind of daddy training wheels or something. There surely must be someone more qualified to do this besides me, I thought. Over the last ten years, I’ve found myself in many such parenting moments. Moments when I’ve felt overwhelmed and unprepared.
I’ll never forget the night when my daughter was seven and we were driving home from church, just the two of us. She said, “Dad, I think I’m ready to get baptized.”
Once again, I panicked. Just like that day we brought her home from the hospital, I didn’t want to mess this up. I didn’t want to talk her into something she wasn’t ready for, but I also didn’t want to discourage her from following God’s leading.
I thought, Surely there must someone more qualified to have this conversation besides me. But there wasn’t. See, as parents, there’s no one more qualified to talk to our kids about Jesus than us. Why? Because parents are the experts on their kids. God designed it that way. No one knows our kids like we do. No one has the relationship and influence we have.
But sometimes even the experts need a little help. That’s why we created KidSplash. KidSplash is a fun event for families who have questions about baptism and following Jesus. At KidSplash we unpack the message of God’s love in a way that makes it easy for kids and parents to talk about it at home.
If you feel overwhelmed or unqualified to talk to your kids about faith, don’t worry. We’ve all been there. At KidSplash, we don’t provide training wheels, but we do share helpful tools to give you all the confidence you need to lead your kids to Jesus.
So whether your child is asking questions about baptism or you just want to get the conversation started, come to KidSplash and we’ll help you take your next step in following Jesus together.
Our next KidSplash event is Thursday, March 10th at 6:30 P.M. in Parkside Theater at the Richmond Road Campus
. If you’d like to come, just e-mail Wende