Replacing Lies Kids Hear with God’s Truth
Kids hear lots of lies.
It doesn’t matter whether they are Christian kids or pre-Christian kids.
And the toughest thing about it all is that the lies kids believe aren’t in their faces, they’re often disguised.
A parent says, “You need to try harder in school and get better grades.” A kid hears, “I’m not smart enough.”
A peer says, “I asked here friends, and she doesn’t like you.” A kid hears, “I’m ugly and inadequate.”
A parent says, “You were a great surprise.” A kid hears, “I was an accident, and you didn’t really want me.”
And the thing about it is that most of the time parents/peers aren’t trying to make their kids/friends feel bad or believe lies; they’re actually well intentioned.
But nevertheless the words negatively shape the way kids view themselves.
So something we’ve started doing every Sunday is replacing common lies with God’s truth.
We do it in 2 simple, but very intentional ways, using our Large Group Experience and our Small Group Experiences.
Every week we weave a gospel presentation into our services (you can read more about how we do that here: http://doingkidsminbetter.com/integrate-gospel-landing-sunday/).
And we always begin the gospel presentation by telling the kids they’re made in the image of God.
And what that means is that nothing about them is a mistake, they are the most important thing in the world to God, and they are loved.
It’s so simple, but it’s amazing to see the faces of kids who’ve never those truths before; it effects them in such a powerful way.
When kids come into their Small Group rooms, the first thing leaders do is look each kid in the eyes and say: “I want every one of you to know that you are accepted, you are loved, you are important and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
This is even more powerful than Large Group because of the intimacy and relational ties within the group.
That’s what we do to replace lies kids hear with God’s truth.
Of course, this doesn’t magically erase all the lies kids believe about themselves, but it does make them think.
And hearing God’s truth week after week, year after year, makes a huge collective impact over time.
So wow do you combat the lies kids hear and believe about themselves? Leave a comment.
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