4 Ways to Inspire Your Kids to Change the World

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Sonlight students are different. We are not content to merely join a "safe" sub-culture and sit on the proverbial bench. We want more. One Sonlight mom put it this way:

The Sonlight graduates that I know all have the same desire to be in the world but not of the world, as in IN THE WORLD. My daughter wants to be a musician who impacts the world for Christ, but not a "Christian Musician". I know another young lady who is a newly published author who wants to be a "writer who writes fiction that can have an impact on the world for Christ" but not a "Christian Writer". They are young people who don't want to be part of a sub-culture, they want to change the culture.

What motivates that? What builds this kind of focus in us and our children? How do we inspire our kids to want to change the world?

1. Emphasize sharing Christ with the world. Sonlight's curriculum has a strong international, missions focus. We encounter, through literature and stories, people all over the world who need Christ or who have been transformed by Him. After experiencing this reality again and again, it's no wonder we want to reach others with the good news of His grace and redemption!

2. Give godly heroes. Church history--not to mention Scripture--is packed with ordinary men and women who did amazing things while following God. We take time to learn from this great cloud of witnesses. Building off the desire to introduce people to Jesus, we discover that God can use us to do just that.

3. Don't shrink back from the need. As we mature, we discover just how desperately wicked the heart of man can be. But God's redemptive power is even greater than this! We wrestle with difficult questions, encounter difficult situations, and are introduced to difficult ideas. We don't isolate ourselves in solely "Christian" contexts. Instead, as we study Scripture and history, we learn of the great need and the even greater opportunity in following God's call.

4. Follow Christ's example. Just as Jesus is the embodiment of "God with us"--where He came in human likeness even while we were still sinners--so we should meet people where they are. Hudson Taylor, as one example, did this with tremendous impact. Now we can find ways to transform our culture from within as well.

Read more about the ideas behind these four ways to inspire kids.

Sonlight encourages us to look outside our bubble. As we mature and are trained by our parents, we feel no compulsion to stay isolated in a Christian community. Indeed, how could we? The world needs Jesus, and we are His body.

From Church into Culture

What does this look like? Let me share a bit of my story with you:

I discovered I had a love for film as a kid. I dreamed of transforming movies like Star Wars from focusing on the Force to speaking of the Lord. I didn't have any knowledge of copyright laws at the time. Nor did I understand the cheesiness of cheap knockoffs. I just knew I wanted to be a "Christian film guy." But as I slowly discovered the artistic wasteland of the "Christian film" sub-culture, I realized I wanted nothing to do with that. It is bland, weak, and misses reality in its pursuit of spiritual messaging. I also wasn't interested in Hollywood, with its culture of lies and abuse and inefficiencies. Instead, I want to make films that point people to Christ.

Have I arrived yet? No.

But I have discovered an intense love for adapting Scripture for a modern audience (be they pre- or post-Christian, agnostic, or ignorant). So I've made one short film telling a well-known Bible story in a way that, I believe, makes the ideas accessible to someone who does not--at this time--accept Scripture. I've got another I hope to shoot this summer.

I love how Sonlight helps inspire us to change the world.

Have your kids shown a desire to shape culture? What ways are they seeking to share Christ?

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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5 Responses to 4 Ways to Inspire Your Kids to Change the World

  1. Molly Sturgeon says:

    While praying together tonight, my nine year old son said, "Lord help us to grow up and be able to travel so we can tell people about You." Sonlight is teaching my boys to love other people and cultures, a desire to experience other cultures, and the realization that people desperately need Jesus. Thank you for your heart to reach others with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

  2. Joy says:


    I don't normally comment, but I really like this post. I'm an eighth-grade homeschool student and we use Sonlight for most of our schooling. We love it!

    I love to write, and I'd love to be published. And I really, really want the Lord to use me as He sees fit. You guys have really impacted my reading and writing through the books you choose for your curriculum. I know that there are some good "Christian" books out there, there are some that aren't so great, and then there's some books that aren't really Christian, but rather, subtly, but surely, incorporate Biblical and moral truths into their story. I love those. C.S. Lewis is a great example of that with the Chronicles of Narnia. It's amazing to read the books and find all the parallels to the Bible that Mr. Lewis intricately wove into his stories. I would love to be able to do that, and I think that's what you're talking about here. It's wholesome and uplifting and it ultimately points to Christ.

    God bless you guys! :)
    Joy :)

  3. Luke says:

    That is beautiful, Molly! Thank you for sharing. And may your children continue to have a heart for those around them, both near and far.

    Joy, it's so great to hear from you! I've been following your blog for a long while now, and I love that you use it to practice writing, share your creativity, and encourage people to draw closer to Christ. Keep up the great work. And, yes, I love C.S. Lewis as well. May many encounter Jesus in your writing and other endeavors. May God continue to bless you as well! <smile>


  4. Karen says:

    Sonlight encourages us to look outside our bubble. As we mature and are trained by our parents, we feel no compulsion to stay isolated in a Christian community. Indeed, how could we? The world needs Jesus, and we are His body.

    Yes! I feel some people may lump homeschoolers into some type of scared group desperate to stay inside the bubble. It is so we can change the world around us that we begin with such a dedicated and strong foundation at home and in the Lord. great article Luke, thanks.

  5. Luke says:

    Thank you, Karen!


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