By Wanda Parker
Seven year old Liam hesitantly spoke at the dinner table, “Dad I have something to tell you that is going to destroy our family.”
Dad calmly responded, “Liam, I can promise you that there is nothing you can tell me that would destroy our family, but we will talk about it after dinner.”
After dinner dad took Liam into the living room, “Son, what is it you want to tell me?”
“Dad, I don’t believe in God anymore. Those Bible stories are great, but I don’t see God doing anything like that today. I don’t think He is here anymore,” Liam blurted out.
Dad assured Liam that God did still exist and that He is as active today as He was in the days of the Bible. Later dad and mom discussed amongst themselves how this could have possibly happened when they were seeing God do amazing things everyday in their ministry. Sadly they realized that they hadn’t been sharing these things with their children.
The following night as they sat around the dinner table mom and dad shared stories of how they had seen God at work in the families they served. In the coming weeks they were intentional to share what God had done in their own lives and the lives of others. Everything from that badly needed parking space to Mrs. Lee’s tumor being gone, miraculously, when the doctor’s opened her to remove it. The stories didn’t always end with what, as humans, we would consider a “good” ending. There was the family across the street whose son died in Iraq, but God gave the family strength and a peace that others saw and wanted to know where it came from.
Several weeks later at dinner Liam said, “I’ve been thinking – I do believe God exists.”
It is important that we are continuously sharing with our children how God is at work in our lives and the lives of others. It is important that the children hear from us not just the good things that happen, but how does God give you strength, joy and peace as you walk through the difficult times?
This sharing should become a natural part of your lives – “when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6
God will provide you the opportunities.
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