The last time you and I were together, we talked about funny things kids say that make life fun. But as we discussed last time, those funny comments can also be used to segue into or demonstrate topics God has given us to share, like beauty through God’s eyes.
But did you know kids’ comments aren’t limited to our lack of beauty or any other topic? Their words can unwittingly demonstrate spiritual truth as well:
- Matthew 7:3-5. I was driving Cole, my 3-year-old grandson down the road when we passed Chick-Fil-A. I said, “Cole, did you know Ellie used to call Chick-Fil-A, Chick-Er-Ray?” I heard him slap his leg and say, “Ha ha ha! Ehwie used to call Chick-De-Way, Chick-Er-Ray!” (In case you didn’t get the connection, did you notice the log hanging out of Cole’s eye?)
- The job of the Holy Spirit: I asked Cole (7) and Mallory (4) if they knew what keeps us from falling off the earth. They didn’t know, so I reworded the question. They still didn’t know. I tried again. “What keeps us grounded on the earth so we don’t fall?” Mallory raised both hands in the air and shouted, “The Holy Spirit!” (So, could we say that the Holy Spirit keeps us grounded?)
Of course, I have many more stories, but you get the idea. God has a way of giving us exactly what we need to make a message pop. Sometimes it’s something out of the mouths of babes. Sometimes it’s something that happened to us because of our stupidity or naivety. Sometimes it’s simply the realization that we’ve blown it…again.
So, as you’re preparing your presentation, think of some funny stories God has allow to you experienced in life. Now, consider how you might use them to demonstrate an actual spiritual truth or to segue to one. I keep a list of funny things my grandkids and other young friends say to me. It’s amazing how often God shows me how I can use them in a message or an article or a book. I also keep a list of scenes from real life that can be just what I need to demonstrate a lesson I’ve learned.
But sometimes life isn’t funny.
The good news is, we can use those hard stories of life as well. It’s often at the lowest times in our lives, when we’re most distressed and things seem totally out of control, that God gives us a vivid word picture to share with our readers and listeners.
- My experience in caring for my terminally-ill sister taught me that I’m not in control; that I, too, can “lose it”; that life isn’t easy just because someone is a follower of Christ.
- Almost losing my husband–both physically and emotionally–taught me that doctors don’t always know what they’re talking about; that submission isn’t a four-letter word; and that I don’t have to say everything I think.
More confirmation that, if we let Him, God doesn’t waste any hurts.
Word pictures. They can be pictures of laughter, healing, and forgiveness.
They can be pictures that share His love.
Grace and peace,