Summary: This textual sermon is to encourage parents in the difficult tasks of raising their children in today’s world.
Growing Godly Children in Today’s World
Often I have found that children say the honest things we won’t say. They mirror our thoughts by putting them into words. Let’s listen to a few that kids have expressed.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY? (Written by kids)
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10
No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don’t want any more kids.
-- Lori, age 8
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10
WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?
I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
-- Craig, age 9
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they’re rich.
-- Pam, age 7
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.
- - Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
-- Howard, age 8
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)
HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
-- Kelvin, age 8
And the #1 Favorite is........
HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
-- Ricky, age 10 (this kid has a career in politics ahead)
And then I found the following...
Introduction – The Mommy Test
A mom was out walking with her 4-year-old daughter. The little girl picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth. The mom took the item away from her and asked her not to do that. "Why?" the daughter asked. "Because it’s been on the ground, you don’t know where it’s been, it’s dirty and probably has germs" she replied. At this point, the daughter looked at her mom with total admiration and asked, "Mommy, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart." Her mom was thinking quickly and said, "All moms know this stuff. It’s on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you be a Mommy!" They walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but the little girl was evidently pondering this new information. "OH...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you don’t pass the test you have to be the daddy."
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