Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What does it mean to be a Christian?

Here are 2 conversations from the past few weeks that have given me a little insight into the kids idea of Christianity:

Jeffery- I used to be Catholic, but now I'm Christian.

*other kids chime in, "me too, me too!"

Me- Wow, thats really great!  

Jeffery- Yeah, I like being a Christian better.

Me- What is it mean to be a Christian?

Jeffery- It means that I'm black. 
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Darrel- When I was little I couldn't pronounce my name. Instead of saying De Laguna I would say De La Luna.  

Me- Ha! Thats really funny!  So you were saying your name was Darrel From the Moon!  

Darrel- Yeah, my whole family still laughs about that!

Me- Well, when I get married I'll be from the river because my new last name will be Del Rio.  But actually the Bible says that us as Christians aren't really from here- we're from Heaven because we belong to God!  So all of our last names really should be, Del Cielo!  

Darrel- WHAT????  You're a CHRISTIAN?!?!?!

Me- Ummmm yes.  

Darrel- Oh my gosh, I really can't believe that!!

Me- Oh, well I am!  Why?  What are you?

Darrel- I'm a student!

Me- Oh, okay..... well ...... then you can be Darrel de la Escuela! 

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Both of these boys have gone to church with us before.  A Christian church.  Maybe if Darrel would have realized it is a Christian church he wouldn't be going, because he was obviously very offended that I am a Christian.  

At the end of each of these conversations I didn't explain to them or preach to them because it wasn't the right moment- and I'm still figuring out how to take kids from 0 knowledge of God to actually knowing God.  It's something that takes prayer and time.  Lots of time.  Maybe I won't be the person who gets to help them know God personally, just someone along the way who sowed seeds & loved them with His love (most of the time!) 

Conversations like the ones I had with Jeffery and Darrel help me stay focused- for why I'm here and what I'm doing!  I am greatly encouraged to keep showing these kids the love of God, and taking each moment that God provides to share Biblical truths and who God really is. 

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