How Do You Mentor a Five-Year-Old?
January 20, 2012
The other day, I listened to a father explain to me what was going on with his five year-old son in kindergarten. The more I heard, the more amazed I became, not just at his son, but at the father’s mentoring!
The father began by telling me of his son coming home upset because several of the kids in his kindergarten class were telling him God was not real.
“What did you say, son?”
“I told them God was real" the little boy exclaimed!
“He sure is, but how did all of this start in the first place?”
“Well, I told them that I love my daddy and I love my mommy and baby brother and I love God and Jesus and Memaw…. and they told me God was not real!”
To this the father replied, “Tell them Jesus loves them.”
“I did but __________ told me Jesus is not real either!”
“We have scrolls, son, that were written a long, long time ago, even before Memaw was born, that tell us Jesus IS real.”
“What’s a scoll?”
“No, a S-C-R-O-L-L.”
“What’s a scroll?
“A scroll is a piece of paper written a long time ago that tells us there is a God and He wrote a book called the Bible.”
“He wrote the Bible?”
“Yes. God wrote the Bible through different men, and it talks about the people who love Jesus going to heaven and the people who don’t love Jesus going to hell.”
“A place with a lot of fire and brimstone and ashes.”
“What kind of stone?”
“Brimstone and ashes.”
“I guess _______________ is going to hell!”
“Don’t say that. Just tell _____________ that Jesus loves him.”
After hearing this father’s story and relating it on to you, I’m wondering – who else, besides the father, is doing any mentoring? All I know is the Holy Spirit did His work this week through a five-year-old boy to convict me: to be more fearless in my sharing of God’s realness and Jesus’ forgiveness; and to grow more intentional in training faithful men to train faithful men. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Now, if a five-year-old can share with other five-year-olds that God is real and Jesus loves them…
God is good all the time and all the time God is good!