Animals, Kids, and God

Animals, Kids, and God - Parenting Like HannahAnimals are a great way to teach children about God. Every animal has so many unique gifts God has given them. Just the sheer variety and beauty give glory to God. The scriptures are right when they say that creation is a testimony to God. (Romans 1:20)

Yet, atheists will try to use God’s creation to disprove God’s existence. We recently were blessed to meet a woman whose mission is to use animals to teach children about God. I think she put it perfectly.

“Animals give glory to God by their very existence. They don’t wake up in the morning wondering how to serve God. They wonder where their food is. Our existence as people also brings glory to God. The difference is that our actions can bring God glory or make Him sad. God gave us free will (choice). We can wake up in the morning and decide whether or not we want to try and make God smile today.”

I love the idea of reminding our children they have an important choice to make every day. Will they choose to try and make God smile by serving and loving others? Will they please God with their obedience and worship? Or will they choose to make God sad by rejecting Him and His commands?

Take a nature walk with your children. Visit the zoo or an aquarium. Share with them the difference between how they and the animals they see can bring glory to God. Have you found other ways to use creation to point your children towards God? I would love for you to share your experiences in a comment below!

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking.

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