The first five years of your child’s life are very crucial years for his learning. Whatever he will learn during this stage of his development will become the foundation of the attitude he will be carrying throughout his lifetime. So if you want your child to become God-fearing when he grows up, or obedient, honest, faithful, kind, unselfish, and helpful to others, you have to start it early.
Here are few of which I can share to you, from personal experience, about the importance of instilling a passion for worship early into your child’s life:
YOU MUST EXEMPLIFY THEM FIRST IN YOUR OWN
Before my son turned three years old he already know how to make the sign of the cross. I never taught him how to but he just learned from simply observing us. I and my wife make sure we have one day of the week spared for attending the church mass and that often falls on a Sunday.
On working days, if we still can make it, we would have found time at the church spending a few minutes praying. Nathaniel would imitate us kneeling before the church’s altar like an adult one.
READ YOUR CHILD BIBLE STORIES OR FROM OTHER GOOD BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
There are times when Nathaniel becomes so curious that he would ask so many questions for everything he wants to know. And when it comes to the point when the name of Jesus Christ was tackled, I read him a chapter in Bible about the life story of Jesus. I noticed that by doing so, I gained two things: One, I have answered his question and number two, I have given him time and companionship.
MAKE IT A HABIT AND BE CONSISTENT
From waking up in the morning, eating breakfast, and to the time he goes down to sleep at night, make it a habit that he saw you praying. Once he gets interested in what you’re doing, this time teach him the proper way on how to do it.
Be consistent and make sure you’re shaping his understanding of God in a positive way through your influence. Instilling a passion for worship early into your child’s life is important. You don’t have to be perfect at all though to gain or maintain your child’s respect.