Children Teach Us How To Be Christians

I started working as a teacher a month ago.

What I love most about teaching, is how these little children mirror being Christ so perfectly. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have a Bible period which it is probably the most fun-filled classes I get to teach, or rather, where I have the privilege of being taught by these amazing young children.

Colossians 2:6-8

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

On one specific occasion, this passage above was taught to me and my classroom by one little boy, Donovan. He always sits near my desk and loves each glimpse of a smile he gets as a reward for his hard work. This day he deserved to get a medal for being such a great Christian model to me and the other students.

The class bell rang. It was time for us all to go home and I could feel the excitement among the children. Knowing they get to leave the room only when they are quiet, they quickly put their heads down on their crossed arms resting on their desks. I asked if someone was willing to pray and little Donovan couldn’t raise his hand any quicker. As he stood up, I could hear the other kids whispering to each other to keep quiet. As soon as he started praying, I could feel the warmth of God’s smile upon this little one. This boy did what was so difficult for us all to do, he said thank You to our Creator for a multitude of things.


He is one of my 4th-grade students and one day, he prayed for us. What was so precious about this specific prayer, is that his whole prayer only consisted of things he is thankful for. He never asked God for anything; he knew, somehow, that it is better to be thankful for what he already has than to be a beggar for what he desires.

The Bible tells us that God wants us to be thankful for everything He gave us He wants us to be content. He wants us to desire only Him. He doesn’t want us constantly longing for something else.

I love how these children are encouraging me to become like one of them again. I now understand why God said that to be able to truly enter the kingdom of God, we have to be like a kid again.

More from Zonika:

Dressing For The Lord

Seeking Friendship With God

Discovering Your God-Given Voice

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