As December begins there will be lots of posts with #LightTheWorld. The Light The World campaign put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an effort to help people share the love of Jesus Christ during this time of year. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world.” (see Matthew 5:14). As parents we also need to help our children light the world, but how?
The first thing we can do is teach our children. For us, we teach in several ways. Every morning before school we read scriptures. This allows the words of Christ to enter into our children’s minds first thing. Those words then stay with them throughout the day.
Another way we teach is when we have Family Council. There is time during the council where we share a brief message centered around the Savior. One more example is at Family Home Evening. Even though we try to make it fun, we also like to teach about Jesus.
Set the Example
All the teaching in the world doesn’t do any good if we don’t set the example. Cheryl has been great at this with Refugee Apartment Setup and teaching about refugees. The example she has set in this area has helped our children love the refugees who are looking to start a new life. One other way is through Days for Girls. This is an effort “dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education.” Everyone in the family can help in this effort. The boys and I have done setup and take down before and after sessions.
There are other ways to set examples. We can be kind in a tense situation. Letting someone go in front of us in the grocery line. Holding the door for people entering a building. Helping people when we see they are struggling.
Setting an example of Christlike love allows our children to see that love in action. This, in turn, can inspire them to do likewise.
During this time of year having remembrances of Jesus will also allow us to feel His love. As we remember the events that led to his birth and life, we can see how much we are loved. In turn, we can then spread that love to others. I know that when I hear a favorite Christmas carol, I want to do better.
As we do these things, we can Light the World. If you’d like ideas for what to do each day, see the 25 ways 25 days calendar. It’s a great resource for ideas on how to share the love of Christ this holiday season.