When my seven year old casually tells me that two children at her school told her that God and Jesus are to only be talked about in church I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs! Of course it wasn’t intended at anyone directly. It was a knee jerk reaction to something I totally disagree with!
Instead of screaming I calmly asked a few questions, then proceeded to explain to my daughter that what was told to her was incorrect. That you can talk about God and Jesus anytime and that is what we are to do. I also told her that some people will not agree with this but that we can still do it respectfully. She didn’t seem traumatized or act out of sorts about the entire thing. She just casually told me as if she knew that it was ok to talk about God and Jesus and that she was sharing with me.
I am proud of the way my seven year old believes. I sure didn’t at that age and it took me until my adult life to understand the full grasp of the gift. My daughter talks more about God and Jesus than I do. And I sit on the board of missions for my church! I suppose she is inspiring me, it’s been on my mind lately how I need to be more outgoing about God. In fact I wrote about it in Mission Work – Where am I headed?
Honestly, I know that a day may come that she won’t talk so freely about God and Jesus amongst her friends. The world of today may tatter her and she may fall to the “no one else does that” mindset. I pray this doesn’t occur, but I’m realistic. When I think of this my heart literally hurts in my chest.
I know why this effects me so much. Because the child in me and the adult in me missed out on so many years of not knowing what was placed here for me. I don’t want that for any of my children, in fact for anyone at all. As her mother, all I can do is continue to teach, educate, learn with her, and guide her.
Do you ever find yourself wishing you could, just for five minutes place how you feel inside within your own child? I have on more than one occasion. Hoping it would save them some heartache, some pain, some mistake. But that isn’t how life works does it? Each must learn in their own manner.
So for now, I will continue to listen to her as she tells me the things. I will share with her why we believe, how to handle such circumstances, and allow her to take the lead in a lesson of her own.
Grace is a gift,