Kids God Puts in Your Life

by Miss Robin on July 30, 2010

Early one morning during Christmas break I was doing my treadmill drudgery at the gym.  A ornery looking little boy came over and started running on the treadmill next to me. He was so cute, about 10 years old or so. Since I have two boys (grown now) it was natural for us to start talking. He was a real little man. He told me all about football teams and who was going to win the Super Bowl. During the course of our talk, he told me that his dad was the man at the desk, and he was staying with him during Christmas break. After we parted ways I felt a leading from the Holy Spirit, and wondered about his salvation.

The next day I brought the whole library of my books up to the gym. I presented my new friend with signed copies of Answers For New Christians, BiC’s Baptism, and The Grumpy Monk. He was very happy with his new books and I felt good giving them to him. The next time I saw his dad, he thanked me for the books, and confided that he had been very concerned for his son’s salvation, and that the little boy had been asking to be baptized.

Yesterday, my little friend’s dad told me that since that time, he and his son had started going to church together, and that the boy was scheduled to be baptized in September. I praise God for leading me to share my gift with that little boy. I am continuing to pray that he will grow up to be a great man of God.

Helping Kids Understand That They Are Sinners

by Miss Robin on October 22, 2009

The book of Genesis is very helpful in helping children understand sin. When teaching kids about sin, I like to start at the beginning! ( How’s that for a unique method?) When telling this story, I like to read the account from the Bible. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1   Be sure to read these first two chapters together.  Read with confidence, declaring the beauty of the beginning. (No, some slime did NOT crawl out of a pond and turn into a frog that turned into a bird that turned into monkeys that turned into people.)

Chapter 3 starts the story of Adam and Eve.  From this story children need to grasp that Eve had a choice, and she chose to disobey God. Adam had a choice, and he chose to disobey God.  That choice was costly, it cost Adam and Eve eternal bliss in the garden with God, and it cost us this priveledge too.  (Sin always hurts us and others.) Children should understand that sin is anything we do that goes against what God wants us to do. We can know what God wants us to do by reading His word and praying.

When our children disobey, we must make sure that they know exactly what they have done wrong. We must point it out, and then refer back to God. We must help children to understand that when they disobey Mommy or Daddy, they also are disobeying God. Reminiscent of David, when he was sorrowing over his sin said to God, “Against Thee and Thee only have I sinned.”

Your converstation could go something like this, “Why did you talk ugly (or whatever the offense was)  to Mommy just now?  What does the Bible say about this? I also like to ask, ‘How do you think it makes God feel when you sin and do (whatever it was)?'”

At this point, you get out your Bible and look up the verses Honor thy father and thy mother, Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right; and a couple of verses on the tongue. Then allow the child some time to think about what he or she has done.  Allowing a child to sit for ten minutes or so alone without the benefit of TV, or other electronics, or stimuli can give the Holy Spirit a chance to speak to him or her.

This is not a quick or necessarily easy way to teach kids about sin. It requires parenting by real parents, not government regulated proxies. It requires a commitment to the heart of your child, and a willingness to see childhood sins as God sees them, and not overlook them. (Little sins become big ones later on!) Children develop and understanding of sin through repeated teaching of God’s word and godly discipline.

Would you like see a video of me reading Chapter One of my salvation curriculum, Answers For New Christians?