We had some little ones visiting our house this weekend, so I pulled out some old board books called “Dear God Kids” by Annie Fitzgerald. Although our visitors were too little to appreciate more than the pictures, this series does an amazing job of packing wisdom into simple sentences kids can understand. Each page covers a topic or question a child might pose. One page assures kids that: “Questions are good. Questions are OK. And questions about God are some of the best questions of all because the more you can find out about God, the more you’ll find out how much He loves you. You’ll find out how to act in any situation. You’ll find out what it means to have God for a friend.”
Kids are looking for answers, and the world is eager to provide them. TV, social media, songs, teachers and more all hope to influence how our kids look at the world, what they value, and their choices concerning how to use the time and talents God has given them.
As Christian parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and friends, we need to communicate a willingness to listen to kids’ questions. We should try to remember the opportunity those questions present, especially their questions about God and our values, and instead of getting exasperated or brushing off questions, we should thank our kids for coming to us and then encourage them to come back by giving them honest, thoughtful answers.
By the way, adults, God does not tell us we must stop asking questions when we reach the age of 18. You, too, can be assured that “Questions are good. Questions are OK. And questions about God are some of the best questions of all because the more you can find out about God, the more you’ll find out how much He loves you.”
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV