We want our kids to be grounded.
Well … not in the time-out, you-can’t-hang-out-with-your-friends-or-look-at- anything-resembling-a-screen-way.
But in the sense that they are so grounded in the strength of God’s Word, that nothing will shake them from that foundation.
We care about the children in our lives.
We say we want to teach our kids about the Bible and we do. Really. But often our best intentions get lost in the construction paper and glitter. And nothing is learned or not much is learned. We want our lessons to be exciting, but they often get diluted by our busyness. So much is going on that we don’t spend the time we should spend preparing and the result can be … monotonous. Even we wouldn’t want to listen to ourselves.
But we love kids and we want them to learn God’s Word, so we keep on teaching and sometimes … sometimes a kid comes back to us years later and tells us he/she remembers something we taught and that makes everything worthwhile.
I am not an expert. I don’t have all the answers and I don’t pretend to have all the answers. But I do have passion for teaching kids about Christ, to help them understand Scripture, to work through the hard questions with them, to encourage them to hide God’s Word in their hearts and mind.
And I’ve taught a few kids in my life … well actually, I’ve taught thousands of kids. From discussing Romans 12:1 with a bunch of teenagers in a church furnace room, to teaching Moses in a mega church, to telling a story on the banks of the Boulder River, deep in Rocky Mountain country (and being interrupted by a herd of wild horses) … I’ve worked with kids.
I still teach kids. And I still am looking for ways to make the Bible exciting for kids … and for adults, too.
Oh, besides teaching, I am also a writer. I’ve had a couple thousand short stories, articles and devotionals published. I’ve also written 14 books. And, I’ve written for Awana the past 24 ½ years. A lot of words to kids (all ages) and about kids (all ages) and for adults.
But this blog isn’t just me. I’m getting some help from my friends who are also passionate about teaching kids.
Judi Turek, head librarian at Wheaton Bible Church, gets all the latest and best children’s books and will be giving us good recommendations.
In fact, speaking of Judi, she’s the one who named this blog – a great name, too!
Come on this journey with us. We’ll talk about explaining specific verses, the meaning of words, some object lessons and crafts, input from my readers and an occasional thought piece or two.
What I’m doing in this blog is summed up in this quote by Dorothy Sayers.
The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused Him of being a bore. On the contrary, they thought Him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround Him with an atmosphere of tedium.
Let’s not be accused of tedium.