Hope and joy are a huge part of Christianity. The hope of an eternity spent in Heaven can give Christians joy even in this fallen world. Others are often drawn to God when they see the hope and joy in our lives. Your children can learn to spread hope and joy as they go through life. They don’t have to be fake or even have a naturally bubbly personality to do so.
One of the best ways to raise children who spread hope and joy is to teach them to be encouragers. This is more than just a cheerleader. An encourager celebrates the good times with people, helps them pick themselves up after the bad times and helps them find the path God has for them.
Another easy way for your children to spread hope and joy is by encouraging then to share their childhood with others. Nothing cheers up someone who is lonely like a small child. Flowers cut from your yard, a hand written note or an original picture by your child can bring joy and hope to many. Encourage your child to think of someone who may be lonely. Plan a little joy project and help your child carry it out for that person.
One of my favorite ways for kids to spread joy and hope is encouraging them to worship and share their love of God. Nothing warms a heart like hearing a child sing praises to God or talk about how much they love Jesus. Encourage your child to sing praises and share their love for Jesus with those outside of your church building. Not only will it spread joy and hope, but also it will be a great way for your kids to begin practicing sharing their faith with others.
Take some time this week and help your child spread the joy and hope found in being a child of God. You may just be surprised what God can do with their efforts.