Recently, I've had a few conversations with Grayden about how there will not be "God-talk" or prayer when he goes to Kindergarten.
He has attended a Christian preschool for the past few years where they learned Bible stories and prayed together daily. So, hearing that there will be none of that in Kindergarten he asks a lot of WHY questions. I do my best to clearly answer all his questions.
But I also assure him that although his teachers will not be talking about or to God, he still can. He can talk about and pray to God while he is there. And he can even tell his classmates about his friend Jesus.
He learned the following Bible verse yesterday in church:
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
The Message version puts it this way:
14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."
We spent a little of the car ride home talking about what these verses mean. It went something like this...
"When Jesus is your best friend and lives in your heart, He is your light. In other words, choosing to follow Jesus is like turning on His lightswitch inside you. And other people can see His light in you.
They see His light when you act as Jesus did/does. Extraordinarily
When you show kindness.
When you consider others first.
When you give up what you want in order to help someone else.
When you see and love others with compassion and grace.
When you forgive someone who does you wrong.
And the Bible says that when you do these good deeds, the light of Jesus will shine through you and other people will see it...and upon seeing it, they may chose to live lives that glorify Jesus as well."
Let's pray that our children will be the LIGHT OF JESUS in school and elsewhere.
Jesus, I pray you would you show my children how they can shine Your light to those around them. Would you grant them courage and boldness to be Your light in preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, college, and beyond. May their deeds and actions reflect Your love, grace, and forgiveness and TURN the hearts of others to You. And regardless of where they are and who they are with, I pray they would remain in You and spend their days talking about and to You. May their light shine before men! And may You be glorified!!