Do your kids know who created them? (Are you sure?) It’s important to understand why kids need to know God is their Creator. It doesn’t have to be complicated with these 4 reasons to talk to our children about God as the creator of all.
By Contributing Writer, Kelsey M Ferguson
“I’m not creative!”
Simon, my 4-year-old, is at the kitchen table — surrounded by scraps of construction paper, broken crayons, and crusted-over glue — trying to make a rectangle body for his robot. Let’s just say it’s not going so well.
“This not a rectangle. This nothing. This no shape. I’m not creative, anymore.”
Cue the tears. Cue the assorted craft materials flying in the air. And cue me getting excited. Yes, excited because I’m about to share a really awesome, crazy cool Truth with my son.
“Buddy, you are creative because that’s how God made you. He’s the ultimate Creator, and he made all of us in his image that means he made you creative like him.”
“Really, Momma? I’m creative? God make me creative?”
And so started our journey into learning more about God as our Creator. And it has been wonderful — for both of us — in so many ways.
Here are 4 of my favorite reasons to talk to our children about God as the creator of all.
4 Reasons to Teach Your Children About God as Creator
1. Creates a sense of awe in who God is.
My son is obsessed with space. You can imagine his joy and awe when I explained to him that God created all of it. By pointing out the amazingness of God’s creation, we are giving our children language to praise Him.
That gorgeous sunset? God created it.
The elephant? God.
The ocean? God!
You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you. – Nehemiah 9:6
2. It changes the way they think about themselves.
It’s rare for a child to be immune to the “I wish I was different” disorder. But there’s something about knowing that God created you in His image that’s incredibly powerful.
When we reinforce that our kids are fearfully and wonderfully made — for a purpose — we are helping them find peace (and joy!) in who they are.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
3. Changes the way they think about others.
If we teach our children that the same God who lovingly and purposefully made us also created every other person, it changes how they think of others. It’s easier to love another person when we see them as a loved daughter or son of God.
The kid who made fun of you? God created them. Let’s pray for our hearts toward them.
The boy in the wheelchair? God created them, too! Let’s pray for our hearts toward them.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. 1 John 4:20-21
4. It answers their questions.
Remember when you would leave Sunday school and your parents would ask you what you learned about? And then you’d answer, “God?” Well, now as parents, we get to apply this mentality (with less sass) to the bazillion questions our kids ask us a day.
Why are tree trunks brown?
Why do squirrels like nuts?
Why can’t I fly?
Why does that girl have big ears?
Are you ready for this awesome answer? “God’s creative. And He made them/us that way. Isn’t that neat?”
You can reinforce the awesomeness of God, have a legitimate answer, and hopefully, deter the next six million questions about squirrel nuts.
On that note, what’s your favorite way to teach children about our awesome Creator?
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