Learning a new language is a challenge. Today Kayla King writes about the importance of teaching kids “God’s language.” Thanks Kayla, for writing this thoughtful piece.
I first became interested in a language other than English when I was four or five years old. Missionaries from the Philippines came to our church during VBS and taught us a song in another language, which I now know was Tagalog. They said that the kids who learned the song and would sing it solo on the last day of VBS would get a chance to win a prize. I really wanted that prize! Even though I was very shy, and terrified of getting up in front of everyone to sing, I did it and I won first prize. I still have it, a carved wooden water buffalo. That was the beginning of my interest in other languages and in missions, leading to studying four foreign languages in high school and college, learning bits and pieces of several other languages, and going on 10 mission trips outside the United States. Recently I have tried to teach my great-nephew, age six, and great-niece, age four, some French. The six-year-old enjoys it; the four-year-old looks at me like I am crazy.
Have you thought about God’s language and how our kids learn this language? Throughout the Bible there are references to the importance of language and words.
To learn God’s language and the things He wants us to know, we read His Word. Psalm 18:1 says God speaks to us through nature. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands (NIV). Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array (Genesis 2:1, NIV). God also says He loves us. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are (1 John 3:1a, ESV). But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8, ESV). And walk in love as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for you (Ephesians 5:2 a, ESV). For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39, NIV). The more we delve into the Bible and the guidance and direction God has provided there, the more we understand and learn His language.
Learning French or any other language can be challenging or frustrating when we are beginning. But if we persist, we learn new words, learn how to conjugate the verbs, and eventually understand and speak the language.
1 John 4:16, NIV says: And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
Do you speak God’s language? Are you teaching your kids God’s language?