Don’t ask me to define the kenosis of Christ or his hypostatic union. I’d break out in a sweat and run away!
I didn’t go to a Bible college or lead small group discussions in my dorm room.
Advent was a foreign term for me up until a few short years ago.
On more than one occasion, I have struggled with feeling like I don’t know enough and that I’m not smart enough when it comes to God’s Word. For a long time I felt embarrassed by my lack of knowledge and my inability to discuss heavy theological issues with those who could. I would shy away from deep conversations for fear of exposing my ignorance.
[pullquote style=”right” quote=”dark”]When I became a parent I knew that I had to make some changes in the way I thought about my Bible knowledge and what God’s Word told me about my capacity to know and understand.[/pullquote] When I became a parent I knew that I had to make some changes in the way I thought about my Bible knowledge and what God’s Word told me about my capacity to know and understand. Suddenly, it was no longer just about me…I had a responsibility to teach my kiddos from God’s Word, about God’s Word. I had to face my fears and trust that God would use my limited human brain along with His awesome Word to somehow explain the Truth to my children.
Do I ever feel inadequate with this responsibility? Oh yes! But, I am realizing that one of the greatest gifts I can give my children is a home in which we talk about and discuss God’s word. They deserve a mom who sits down on the floor with them and acts out Bible stories and who takes the time and effort required to invest in their spiritual growth at their young ages.
I feel those familiar feelings of intimidation as I try to figure out how to teach my children about the wonder-filled Christmas season before us. There is so much resting on it. There is so much I don’t want them to miss, that I want to highlight and discuss, and that I really, really want to sink into their tiny hearts. If, however, I get too caught up in whether or not I am going to mess up my method of teaching them (or mis-pronounce a Biblical name!), I not only run the risk of missing a teachable moment in our home, I will end up not teaching them at all.
It’s true, I’m not scholarly. I still get glossy-eyed when trying to read or understand a super intelligent piece of writing. I am just a simple girl, crazy about Jesus and His life-giving word, ready and willing to be used by Him to teach my kids! I cling tightly to God’s promise in Isaiah 55:11 that His Word will not return to Him empty, but will accomplish all that He purposes for it.
I’m finding that even though I don’t know or understand a lot of the technical terms, I still know a lot. I know about God’s grace. I know about His indescribable love for us and about the way He defied all human logic and became a baby on this earth. I know the humility he showed as he was born in a stable, grew up without any royal treatment, was mocked and belittled. I know the compassion he had on us, his sin-filled children, as he died on the cross for our freedom. I can teach them this.
[pullquote style=”left” quote=”dark”]I know God’s Word is powerful enough to do the work. It’s my job as a mom to allow Him to fill me with confidence as I teach my children about His Word.[/pullquote] No, you won’t find an easy step-by-step method of teaching the true meaning of Christmas in this post. Instead, I pray that you feel encouraged this Christmas season (and beyond) to let go of any fear of inadequacy you may have when it comes to the work we have of presenting the beautiful story of God becoming man.
I know God’s Word is powerful enough to do the work. It’s my job as a mom to allow Him to fill me with confidence as I teach my children about His Word. It’s the greatest gift I can give my children this Christmas, and all year long!
Jen Barry is a stay-at-home mom to Lauren (3 years) and Easton (5 months). She is also one of the authors and creators of When You Rise – a site dedicated to helping parents teach God’s Word to their children through Bible study curriculum, devotional articles, and creative craft ideas.
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