Well, let’s be honest, there’s probably way more than 7 things that you need to know about your godchild!
But here are 7 things about your godchild that will hopefully highlight your important role in their life.
1. Young Children Simply Believe
Whatever you teach them they tend to accept as fact.
Jesus noticed the simple faith of a child in Matthew 18:4-5:
“I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”
This simple faith is precious, and something we can learn from them!
2. Now is the Time to Build Trust and Friendship
Building trust and friendship with your godchild is something that will be easier to do while they are young and more trusting (before they hit their teenage years).
Take time to simply be with them if possible. Listen to them and have fun with them.
3. Young Children Learn Better
I remember when I was young I could easily memorize long sentences or paragraphs. I really struggle to do that these days.
Maybe there’s just more jammed into my head these days and not much more will fit! Actually I think it has more to do with the fact that young children have young brains that are made to learn and absorb information.
“Train up a child in the way he should go;Proverbs 22:6
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
4. Plant Faith Seeds While Your Godchild Is Young
Let’s plant those seeds of faith while they are young and absorb information like a sponge. While they are open to new ideas and stories and are easily able to remember all the details and store it in their memory.
5. In Their Teenage Years They May Drift
Maybe not true for all children, but most teenagers will drift away from their faith. This is an age where they want to be independent. They want to know what else is out there and question what they’ve been taught.
6. They Need A Solid Faith Foundation
When the storms of life hit (and they will), they will need the foundation of faith you helped plant while they were young.
7. They Need You
While the parents are usually the main faith influence in your godchild’s life, it’s so important to have a Christian role model outside of the immediate family that they can look up to and that takes a special interest in their life, especially in their teenage years when they start to look outside the family for answers.
Let’s build trust and friendship while they are young, sow seeds of faith that God can grow in them to be a solid foundation when the storms of life hit.
Your godchild needs you!
The responsibilities of being a godparent are so easy to forget after the baptism is over and life gets busy – I know! I’m here to help you and myself to remember what we signed up for. I’m going to breakdown our role of godparent and find helpful ways that we can meet these responsibilities.
So if you need help, like I do, in fulfilling your role as godparent – click here to read on…