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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I've fallen and I can't get up!!!

I need a Psychology degree. Come to think of it, I need an Early Childhood Education degree, too. And it wouldn't hurt to have an MD. It would sure make parenting easier, wouldn't it?

But tonight, I was reminded how much I would really like to have my M.Div. Teaching young children the wonders and glories of the unsearchable God is truly a hoot! Tonight I gave a quick impromptu Mommy version of the story of David and Goliath. Afterwards, behold the conversation:

Corene: Why did David do that? 'Cause Goliath was mean?

Me: Well, yes. Goliath was insulting God.

Corene: So he killed him because he was mean to God?

Me: Ummmm... yes? God wanted him to.

Corene: So is that what we're supposed to do, too? When people are mean to God?

Me: Well..... ahhh.... no....

Yeah. Brilliant, Jenny. Could not come up with an appropriate explanation. If Daddy hadn't jumped in and saved the day by giving a simple, "Goliath was a soldier" (which fully satisfied her confusion), my daughter would probably be laying in bed right now planning her first murder.

Well, if you've read this blog for any length of time, you know I have a future drug dealer AND now a murderer on my hands.



fullheartandhands mama said...

Hey, I'm stopping by after I read your comment at Love Well. Too funny.

Our theological discussions go pretty much like this at my house. It's funny, but truly I do feel so inadequate. I'm amazed at some of the questions that my 3 year old comes up with.

If nothing else, parenting is going to challege me to really know why I believe what I believe.

But, with three little ones, where will I find the time to get so many doctorates, you know? Ha!

Nice blog by the way.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Oy! I've so been there. Talking about spiritual truths with my children is the biggest minefield I navigate. I think it's because it's so important to me, yet I acknowledge a lot of the truths are deep and beyond them at this point. (Plus, as I mentioned in my comment yesterday, I've seen so many kids ruined by too much information too early. That scares me.)

I heard someone say that young children only need to know that God loves them, that He made them and that He sent Jesus to rescue them from broken souls. The finer points of theology (such as mass extinction of entire tribes when the Israelites entered the Holy Land) can come later.

Antique Mommy said...

Some of those Bible stories are a challenge to explain to little ones.

My gastroenterologist had his first baby about the same time I had Sean and on my first post-partum visit to him I told him I wish I'd gone to medical school so I'd feel like I knew what I was doing with my kid. He said, he went to medical school but it didn't help - he still felt inept and scared when they handed him that little baby!

Just another crazy family said...

This is funny! I have a child just like this. Imagine my horror when she just had to memorize the 10 commandments. Try to explain adultery to a 7-year-old.

Bernhard said...

:0 LOL Jenny! When I was little I said to my mom, "If Jesus lives in my heart, doesn't he get all bloody?" I can only wait for similar discussions.

Sarah said...

Ahh, oops! That last comment was from me :)

J mom said...

You crack me up. Seth is asking so many questions yet but I do wonder sometimes how I will be prepared for those days when they arrive. Wanted to let you know also that we are praying for the Wilson family after hearing about Pauline in ICU!

Rachel said...

Corrine the murderess, I can't buy it! That girl is too sweet.