Story time is a big part of our family’s nightly ritual. After the pajamas are on we gather with our girls to read the next chapter in the adventures of some princess, magical animal or fairy. (Yes they are girls all the way). Snuggling up on the couch, this is one of my favorite times of day. I love the sense of adventure both my girls have. Their imaginations start bubbling. They begin to put themselves in the story. You can see it in their eyes that they are connecting with the characters and are experiencing the adventure themselves.
Every once in a while I get the request to “Tell Me a Story”. I must admit that unlike reading a story, telling a story is a lot harder for me to do. I have to think on the spot , what should I say, who are the characters? I’m slow to recall stories to tell them. Like that time when I narrowly escaped certain disaster, the time when I had an amazing adventure, or that time when I saved the day. Yet when I do, these epic of adventures help connect me to my children in a way that I couldn’t otherwise do.
But the truth is I want my children to connect with not just my story but with the most amazing story that I have to tell. The story of a lost girl who found an amazing God who loved her and took care of her through many of life’s adventures. God’s story through history and through my life is the most important story that I can tell my children, and yet it is not always the first story I think about to share. I need to change that. I need to make God’s story part of our time together. 1 Peter 3:15 says it this way: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have”. Am I prepared? Am I taking advantage of the time that I have now? The time is coming, sooner that I want to admit, when the requests for story time will lessen and then be gone.
So what is God’s story? How do I share that with my kids? While God’s story can be as complex as a 1200 page epic adventure, it can also be simply summed up in one verse: “For God So loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
A few weeks ago, six families at Marine View started on a journey of exploring God’s Big Story with their children. As part of our Basics of Christianity class on Sunday mornings, Marine View has the opportunity to walk alongside these parents as they share God’s story with their children. These children and families are learning the story of a fallen world and a rescue plan involving amazing sacrifice. At home these students and their parents are engaging in weekly discussion letting the story sink deeper. Their discussions and the simple questions they ask will not only help their children understand who God is, but could possibly ignite the desire for personal faith in their child. Simply put, their child might choose to join the adventure in God’s great big story.
Would you like to help your child understand God’s story? Start the adventure today and walk your child through John 3:16. Click on the link to download a guide that will assist you in sharing God’s Story.
Director of Children’s Ministry