One Direction and Baby Dolphins

Children are amazing creatures with abilities that many adults envy such as non-stop energy, good skin and minds that absorb and can recall about anything they have ever experienced or encountered. I have the opportunity to drop my kids off at school every day and the conversations are usually quite interesting and include many of the following questions:

  • Why is Donald Trump the way he is?
  • Why does ISIS exist and what are we going to do about it?
  • Does God really know everything that is going to happen?
  • The frustration of me not recalling a specific play three seasons ago when the Spurs played the Golden State Warriors.
  • Why did One Direction grow out their hair?
  • Is Hitler in heaven?
  • Will Cuba beat the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball?
  • Should I be the President’s Chief of Staff or a professional football player?
  • What does it take to become a dolphin veterinarian in the navy?
  • Why did that person cut us off or why are they driving so slow?

During the twenty minute drive, I attempt to do my best to answer these questions based on my limited knowledge and even more limited ability to predict the future. Anyway, the point is that they are constantly observing and are curious about the world around them. They are not afraid to ask difficult and sometimes awkward questions and they certainly are not afraid to dream and have hope in the future. I believe all kids have this ability.

The question I have is, how do we respond? Do we just blow off the questions and say they are dumb or do we do our best to answer the questions? Do we answer these questions and have conversations with our children with a secular worldview or with a biblically based worldview? The biblical worldview is a view that is based on what we know to be true in the Bible and what is taught to our children through Sunday School and our dinner table. It is based on love, hope, faith and the knowledge that the resurrection is true and we can base our lives on that fact and that the one who died for us also rose and reigns forever within, above and among us all.

Mindy and I make a point to expose our children to the world around them regarding what is happening here as well as in other parts of the world. We will discuss over dinner and in the car the presidential elections and why the candidates say what they say. Our children are also aware that terrorism is real in our world and that not all people know and love God. We can walk them through what they hear and know and help them see that they have the hope and love that only can be given through a living savior.

We have just completed the season of Easter, a time of celebration and joy. A time where we can reflect on the initial responses of the followers of Jesus when they first saw his empty tomb, at first losing hope but then reminded by the messengers at the tomb that what Jesus said is true. He has Risen! Share with the children in your life the hope and joy that only Jesus can bring through his resurrection. Remind them that while things may sometimes look dire, and that the future is not predictable, our God still reigns and we have hope in the future.