If youth had the chance to ask God anything, what would it be?
That was just one of the questions that we put forth in our youth class this week. There was a list of 6 questions. To keep things fun and lively, the kids had to roll the dice and answer the question that corresponded to their roll.
1. Name your favorite characteristic of Jesus.
2. Who taught you the most about Jesus?
3. If you could ask God anything, what would it be?
4. If you could be anyone in the Bible, who would you be and why?
5. What is your favorite story from the Bible and why?
6. If Jesus could tell you one thing today, what would he say?
It was a fun activity. My teacher fears of “who will be the first one to crack a joke?” or “who will take us way off topic and make it silly?” were quickly put to rest as they began to ponder and react and discuss in serious ways. By far, the most interesting question was the ‘ask God anything’ question. Have you ever wondered what youth might ask? Here is a sample of what was asked in our group:
“How did you create the universe – literally, how? Was it really a big bang? Did it really only take 6 days? Exactly how did it happen?”
“What do you think of the whole evolution argument? What’s the truth?”
“If you knew that man would sin, why did you create him anyway?”
“If Satan confessed his sins and acknowledged the authority and power of God, would he be forgiven and allowed in to the Kingdom?”
“If our memories are stored in our brains, and death is the end of life in the brain – will we recognize people we love when we get to heaven?”
“Are there other beings in the universe?”
I wish I had written them all down. They were so good and they provoked such good conversation. Once again, I am blown away with the depth of the youth in our class. When given the freedom and opportunity to ask questions and to debate them with their peers and loving adults, they go deep and get real. Good stuff!
Who am I? In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a Southern Living / Martha Stewart wannabe, a soccer mom, and a short term mission team coordinator / intern director for missions in Mexico... you name it, I probably tried it!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! We have three incredible children... two adult boys who live in Texas, and the Sarah (14) lives with us in whatever country we are serving. I'm still teaching, still taking photos, still leading teams and mentoring, I just do it all in full-time service now! And I'm working hard at giving Southern Living and Martha Stewart a run for their money! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers and immigrant peoples, writing, and trying to figure out what life looks like for a Texas girl serving Christ in Southern Europe. Life in His service is AWESOME! I'm happy to share it with you here... Enjoy!