What I Want to Teach My Children about Church & Jesus

January 6, 2020

It was a special occasion. One where we ate cake for breakfast and washed it down with hot cocoa. We were full of sugar and needed replenished so we ventured down the road for burgers and fries. There was no way we could swing lunch and make it to church on time. With it being the first weekend of the new year, I didn’t want to miss a chance for faith and inspiration. So there we were, sitting at a local restaurant, watching the live stream of Sunday church service.

We sat in the restaurant eating, conversing and engaging with God. It wasn’t traditional. It wasn’t something we’d done before. But it didn’t matter. No matter where we were, we found a way to connect with Him. And right there in that booth, with my children watching my phone for the weekly sermon, I realized exactly what was important in teaching my children about our faith.

I want them to know that they can find God and Jesus anywhere. They don’t need to be sitting in a church pew to find their love, wisdom and guidance. I want them to know that being a believer is much more than a one-hour commitment on Sunday mornings.

I want them to know that believing can look different for each person, and that religion is complex and unique and beautiful. I want them to know that the church they call “home” might change with each chapter of life.

I want them to believe, not just because I want them to, but because they feel the desire deep within their soul. I want them to enjoy religion, church and spirituality. And if they find themselves lacking joy and comfort in their beliefs, they can re-evaluate what’s missing and change their approach.

I want them to know their relationship with God will grow, transform, evolve, and experience turmoil, like all other relationships do.

I want them to know it’s ok to turn away and question their faith. And if they do, I’d pray that they keep finding their way back. I want them to know the title of their faith doesn’t matter. It’s the feeling in their hearts and the trust in their soul.

Ultimately, I want them to know that no matter what they believe, I believe in them.

xox, Chels

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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