by Jeff Strite

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Jeff Strite
Genesis 12:1-9

OPEN: A third grader once wrote a homework assignment where he was supposed to ''Explain God.''

''One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grown-ups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way, He doesn't have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.
God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere, which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting His time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.
You should always go to Church on Sunday because it makes God happy and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God.
Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong! And, besides, the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway.
If you don't believe in God - besides being an atheist - you will be very lonely because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can.
It is good to know He's around you when you're scared in the dark or when you can't swim very good and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.
But you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases. And that's why I believe in God.''
(source: Brian Mavis, quoting Danny Dutton, age 8, from Chula Vista, California)

APPLY: There were several other parts of this 3rd grader's paper that I didn't read to you, but the one thing that came through this boy's explanation of who God was, was this:
This little boy believed in a personal God.
His God makes people.
And He listens to them.
His God is nearby when you're frightened or lonely.
This is God who cares for you ...

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