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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Unbelieving

Last night, before heading out to Awana with the family, I sat with Brice to review his booklet, the one he has to complete before getting his Awana handbook. Yes, we're behind, for anyone familiar with Awana. This should not come as a surprise to anyone.
As I read with him about the gift of salvation that comes from Jesus, I noticed Brice paying extra attention. Almost struggling to understand. I read to him, in children's words, with little kid illustrations, how Jesus died to save us from our own sin, which we could never pay for. And that He was crucified and then rose from the dead. Brice turned his head sideways. Looked at me, back at the booklet, then up at me again. Finally he got up and walked across the room. He turned around and said "Yeah, I don't really believe that, Mom."
As my sister Katie said, Well, Brice, You might want to start believing.
So, what do you do with an unbelieving five year old? How do you make him believe without using scare tactics? Advice, anyone?

10 comments:

debi9kids said...

Wow. This is a hard one.
I think you just need to keep talking to him about Jesus and make him understand that you & daddy believe and that Jesus watches over all of you and protects you & keeps you safe.

The Collins Family said...

That kid is such a firecracker! Bless his heart. He's still so young. The whole Jesus thing is out of my grasp. ( of course I believe, but as far as understanding the reality and depth of the gift of salvation...I admit I lean on my faith for that rather than my own understanding.) It must sound totally confusing and even crazy to a five year old! At least the lines of communication on the subject are open.

Headmistress, zookeeper said...

Have you asked him why he doesn't believe that? I'd start there. And I'd remind him that truth is not like Tinkerbell- it's true and real and alive whether or not he believes it.

Anonymous said...

that is a tough one. The best thing I've done, is set up situations where my kids could (hopefully) feel The Spirit that testifies inside. Then I point it out and ask "how does that feel right now?"
However, I've been awful at this lately. Time goes by too fast and I'm always behind too.
But, My five year old really caught ahold of that concept though, when I had a sweet moment like that with him.
Best Wishes,
Elle

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