In the month leading up to Christmas we looked at what the Bible says about the Trinity. It’s a great way to understand the importance of what we celebrate on Christmas day. To introduce the subject to our students, we all drew how we envision God on a piece of paper, which we then shared with everyone else. The results were eye-opening!
Some kids drew symbols, others drew pictures of a man with a beard, some drew abstract images, and one student even drew a big eye. The way they envisioned God was varied, but there was one constant throughout as they explained their drawings. Their visions of God were shaped by significant people in their lives. Parents, grandparents, extended family, and even lost loved ones all shaped how our students came to see God.
Paul reminds his protege, Timothy, to remember the faith that was handed down to him by his mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, in 2 Timothy 1:5. Paul even mentions in the previous verse, the faith Timothy received from his family was so sincere that it moved Paul to tears. Timothy’s faith, and the future of the churches to which Paul had assigned him, were both shaped by the faith that he saw in his own family.
So, if you wonder how your child sees God and how they feel about their faith, it is significantly shaped by how they interact with you! Our hope in the student ministries is to partner alongside parents and train up disciples together, because we can never care for them in quite the same way that you do. And that care is meant to be a reflection of the love which God has shown to all of us!