Grace is a word that we use a lot. We talk about God’s grace and how thankful we are for it, but are the kids we see every day, every week understanding what grace really means? When I was growing up in church sometimes I would feel like I was just supposed to “know” what church words meant. So let’s make sure that we are teaching our kids that it is ok to ask questions. Asking questions leads to understanding, and understanding helps kids make their faith their own.
So when the question come up about what grace is, how do you answer it? The best way I know how to explain grace is that, grace simply means not getting what you deserve. We offer grace to people in our lives when we choose to respond with a kind word instead of being cruel. When someone is mean to us it is very easy to be be mean back. Even when someone deserves a mean word, that is where grace comes in and gives them kindness. Or maybe you could explain it better when kids do something that is deserving of punishment. When they deserve time-out or deserve to have something taken away but grace is extended.
Grace isn’t a difficult thing to explain, but don’t assume that kids already understand. Hearing a word often, does not mean that there is understanding. And understanding the concept of grace can have eternal significance.