How do You View Childhood?

A Thought from Dr. Scott Turansky

If you view children in a preparation stage of life, then there can be the tendency for kids to stay on the sidelines, waiting to be called, and responding only when necessary. Kids who view themselves in a preparation stage of life often focus on having fun and don't fully engage as much as they could.

On the other hand, when parents view childhood as a mobilization stage of life, then kids view themselves as part of the team. They take initiative and responsibility.

When it comes to church, for example, if a child has received Christ as savior and Lord, then he has a spiritual gift. What is that and how might he be serving the Lord at church, in the neighborhood, or even at home.

I'm not suggesting that we remove authority and try to make children on an equal footing as their parents, but I'm trying to make a case for getting kids involved in ministry now. When kids are actively serving, they're more likely to integrate their faith into their daily lives.

Does God speak to kids? Yes, he does. But do kids realize that God speaks. He speaks to them through the Bible, through their parents and other people, and he speaks to them in their hearts. 

The reality is that kids have something to offer now, not just when they get to be adults. I think our view of children, not just in a preparation stage, but in a mobilization stage, helps communicate God's intention for them now.

What do you think?


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  1. I think that the "mobilization" metaphor treats them with more dignity and agency. And they'll grow right into that dignity and responsibility.