Summer is ending and kids are heading back to school. It’s an exciting time of year, but it can also be daunting for both kids and families. Kids are experiencing new teachers, classmates, and sometimes even schools. Parents are dealing with changing routines and crazier schedules. Every new school year brings about a new set of challenges. And every new school year kids are presented with more ideas regarding what is true, what gives life meaning, and what is right vs. what is wrong.
The slew of ideas kids are bombarded with through school, friends, culture, social media, and other forms of digital connectedness are too many to count. Some of them are good. A majority of them are bad. As parents, we can try to shield our kids from bad ideas. We can try to keep them safe. But, much more importantly, we should try to teach them the difference between a good idea and a bad one.
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. ~Colossians 2:8 (NLT)
The chief skill we need to encourage in our kids is the ability to discern quickly between good ideas and bad ones. We do not want our kids thinking too long upon bad ideas, or as the Scripture calls them, “empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense.” Not only is this a waste of time, but it poisons the mind and the soul. We want them to dwell upon the good, the true, and the loving. The thoughts we dwell upon impact the lives we live.
Lightgliders was created to help with this. It offers digital games and activities for kids that are safe and positive. It also encourages weekly learning, reflection, and meaningful discussions about the gospel. In the gospel, the story of Jesus, you will find that He is good. He is true. He is love. You will find thoughts worth thinking!