A couple of weeks ago Grace (4 1/2) struck up a conversation about sin.
Grace: “Sin is really bad.”
Me: “Yes, it is.”
Grace: “What’s sin?”
Me: “Remember in the garden of Eden when Eve ate the apple she wasn’t supposed to.”
Me: “That’s sin. Sin is when you do something wrong. Like when you’re mean to your brothers.”
Grace: “Yes, that’s sin.” She thinks for a moment. “What about doing what I’m supposed to.”
Me: “Now that’s obedience.”
Later the next week a conversation came up about Heaven. So I found a book called “Heaven has a Floor” by Evelyn Roberts. The following is a conversation with Grace that occurred after reading the book.
Grace: “Have you ever been dead before?”
Grace: “I don’t want to go to heaven. I want to stay her with mommy.”
Me: “I’m not going to heaven soon.”
Grace: “Are you going to be in heaven with me? Am I going to see you?”
Me: “Yes! But I’m going to go there first.”
Grace: “I’ll see my brothers!”
Grace: “How long do we go to heaven and will we be there forever?”
Me: “I don’t know when we’ll go to heaven, but it will be a wonderful place.”
Grace: “No crying. No time outs. No boo boos. No broccoli and I can go where ever I want to go?”
Grace: “Well, I’m not going to ballet.”
Grace: “because I want to go where ever I want to go.”
Timmy (6) joined in the conversation…
Timmy: “How do good people go to Hell?”
Me: “They don’t worship God and don’t ask Jesus to come into their heart.”
Timmy: “Even if they listen to their mom and eat broccoli and their vegetables they still go to Hell?”
Me: “That’s what the Bible says.”
Later all the boys and I prayed with her for Jesus to come in her heart.
Last night in bed when she was afraid of monsters, I was trying to tell her that Jesus was bigger than the monsters.
Me: “Jesus is like a giant and can squash them with his feet.”
Grace: [giggling] “He comes out of my heart, big like a giant and squashes the monsters, then he shrinks back into my heart.”
Me: “Yep! That’s about it!”