It can be like watching a scene from the movies. The gears start moving, slowly at first, but with each turn they seem to get faster and faster, and faster. As the school year starts I feel like this at times. When you are looking at all the calendars and all the events, it seems like it will all be great, but as the gears start moving, it can be easy to find yourself overstretched, overburdened, and exhausted.
Once the gears start in motion it is impossible to pull them back and slow them down. There are sports, music, and other practises to get to, and don't forget that one special event, you remember, that one you almost forgot to mark on the calendar, all of those things are coming up.
It seems like every year as I talk with parents, the busier the parents seem. Every year, more things are added, more things to make life complicated, more things to add to the busyness. And so when I come and talk to parents about teaching the faith I can understand how it might seem that I am putting just one more piece of straw on the proverbial camel's back.
However, here's the thing. It doesn't have to be a big show. When pastors, like me, talk about teaching the faith to your children, we are not asking that you have an hour long teaching session each night. Instead, we are asking you to make sure it is a part of your life in how you act, and what you say. Going to church on Sunday is a start, but what about other times? Think about how your react to a dentist. If a dentist told your child that they needed better dental hygene my guess is we wouldn't be worried that he is asking us to have a nightly teaching meeting, but we would bring it up time to time, make sure they brush two times a day and so on. When it comes to our faith this is ultimately what we are saying. You don't have to be a dentist to teach your children about dental hygene and you don't have to be a trained theologian to teach your faith to your children.
Here's a thought, the next time you are in the car taking your child to their next practice just talk about your faith. It could be as easy as talking about some of the main stories on your local news at this point, or it could just be talking about how important your faith is to you. Maybe before bed sit together and read a Portals of Prayer (devotion book.) If you don't have one, we have them at church, it takes less than two minutes.
I don't know what will fit into your schedule and what will not, only you can know that. However, I know that there are resources out there, and ways to fit talking about your faith into even your schedule. If you need other helpful ways to do this, your pastor is always a good place to start.