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By Bonnie Bowden
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After the church service a little boy told the pastor, “When I grow up, I’m going to give you some money.”
“Well, thank you,” the pastor replied, “But why?”
“Because my daddy says you’re one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had.”
Our concept of God is sometimes shaped at an early age.
There was a Kindergarten teacher who was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what she was drawing. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”
In Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) it says: Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
My sister was teaching a first grade Sunday school class. She said, “Eve took a bite of a piece of fruit from the garden.”
One little boy said, “It was an apple.”
My sister replied, “The Bible doesn’t tell us what type of fruit it was.”
“Well, my preschool teacher told me it’s an apple, so it’s an apple.”
Sometimes, you can’t expect what will come out of the mouths of infants and babes.
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah.”
The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”
The little girl replied, “Then you ask him.”
Psalm 98:4 tells us to “Make a joyful noise to the LORD.”
My niece, Holly, and her four-year-old daughter, Lilly, were singing praise songs in church. “Hallelujah, what a Savior,” rang out. Lilly’s mouth lit in a large smile. “Hey, mom. They’re singing about you.”
Kids have the awesome ability to take life literally as the following examples illustrate:
A Sunday school teacher asked why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A small child replied: “They couldn’t get a baby-sitter.”
A Bible class teacher asked her students, “Do you believe the story about Lot’s wife? How she looked back and turned into a pillar of salt?” “One little boy said, “Sure I do. Just yesterday my mother looked back and turned into a telephone pole.”
Sometimes, the lesson you’re teaching changes.
My mom was teaching a class of 3rd – 6th graders about communion. She took a bottle of grape juice from the refrigerator in the room and began pouring. A 3rd grader said, “This tastes just like that stuff my parents won't let me drink.” Quickly, she gathered up the rest of the cups. Apparently, she didn’t realize the refrigerator wasn’t working and that she was recreating Jesus’ first miracle.
So the next time you feel like crawling under the pew or slipping out the back door, take a minute to listen, really listen, to what the child is really saying.
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