The first book that my husband bought for me after getting married was Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noël Piper. It’s about creating meaningful traditions in your family. Traditions that draw everyone closer together. Traditions that leave lasting imprints on our hearts and minds. Traditions not just for traditions’ sake but for the glory of Christ. They are meant to be done regularly, but a mindless practice is simply meaningless repetition. My husband and I wanted to establish traditions that point our children, the next generation, to the Bible. This generation will begin to peel the layers, seeking to understand them. And, they will discover that behind some of the simple happenings in our home is the wonderful gift who is Jesus Christ.
In sharing the importance of Christ-centered traditions, Noël Piper cites the following verses:
“You shall therefore love the LORD your God. . . . You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul. . . . You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 11:1-19)
The other day, my 5-year-old asked me, “Are we going to look at those eggs again? I want to hear it again.” He’s referring to the resurrection eggs* that I inherited from a dear friend of mine. Two years ago, we began looking at the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, using the object lessons from those eggs. We did it again the following year. And now, my little boy is anticipating it again. This is a simple activity that has already begun to make an impression on my child’s heart.
Traditions don’t have to revolve around just the major holidays and celebrations. Sometimes, small things, like cooking a meal together for another family, can have big lessons for our children. Plan some traditions in your family that will leave your children asking, “What does this mean?” (Exodus 13:14), that you may have an opportunity to teach them the deeper meanings behind what you do.
These traditions are seeds we plant year after year. We water. We wait. We pray. And may God cause the growth.
What are some meaningful traditions in your home?
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*If you would like to make your own resurrection eggs, check out this link.