I love their creativity and watching them grow from baby dolls to tea parties to playing school. This year, while Audie played Barbies with her little sister, Emmie and I played school. Guess who played the teacher?
One hint. It wasn’t me. 😉
I was told my first assignment would be a writing project. Hallelujah! I thought. I might pass this subject.
I was instructed to choose a character–any character–about which I would be taught how to write a biography. Cool. I’ve never written a biography. I chose Eve.
“From the Bible, Grandma? Really?”
Well, she said any character, right? Yep, Eve was my pick. But as Emmie began listing the questions that would form the foundation of my writing, I realized why she was a little frustrated with my choice. We started with questions about her CHILDHOOD:
- Name: Eve
- Birthdate: Ummmm…
- Birthplace: Garden of Eden
See what I mean? About that birthdate…I can’t put “0000” because she was actually born in [something] B.C., but who knows what?
How about you? What’s your story? Fill in the blanks…
The Open-Ended Bombshell
After himming-and-hawing about the birthdate, my 10-year-old grand-daughter rolled her eyes and moved on. (Grandmas can be so trying.)
“Now we form the body of the story with Eve’s major life events.”
Are you kidding me? My precious Emmie had 5 index cards in her hand, and I could write a 400-page novel on Eve’s major life events! More himming-and-hawing on my part, and she said, “Try to keep it short, Grandma.” 😛 So here’s what we came up with:
- Married Adam on the day she was born
- Walked with God every evening in the Garden
- Talked to the serpent and disobeyed God
- Was banished (with Adam) from the Garden for their sin
- Had two sons named Cain and Abel
- Older son, Cain, kills Abel and was banished from her forever
- Has a third son named Seth
Okay, we used 7 index cards, but all things considered, we condensed her story pretty well. Don’t you think?
If someone looked at your life and only had 5-7 index cards, how might they condense your story into 5-7 lines?
I was ready to hang up the chalkboard and call it a day’s work, but not my little Emilie. We weren’t finished with the story until we finished-off Eve.
“How did she die, Grandma, and how do you think she would want to be remembered?”
Wow. That last question sobered me. The Bible doesn’t tell us how Eve died, but we all know how we remember her–she ate that darn apple! (Fruit, actually–the Bible doesn’t specify apple.) Because of her sin (and Adam’s as well), death entered the world.
But how would Eve want to be remembered? Emilie and I thought she would hope for something like this:
“I hope people will remember that even though my sin brought death, I was also the first woman to give birth–and bring life to earth.”
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“Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.” Genesis 3:20
How about you? What do you hope people will remember about you when you’re gone?
Lessons From a Child
When I sat down with my grand-daughters to play that day, I can almost guarantee I hadn’t expected a theology lesson–but I got one. I probably didn’t have time for my devotions that morning either, but the Lord used the dailyness of our play-time to teach both Emilie and me a lesson or two.
For all you busy moms out there…relax. Teach your kids about Jesus while you’re playing with them, and they’ll teach you. If you don’t have time for a regimented quiet time every day, stop beating yourself up about it. Make the effort, but give yourself grace. Jesus did.
- If someone looked at your life, how might they condense your story into 5-7 lines?
- When I sat down to play, I had not expected a theology lesson, but I got one.
- Teach your kids about Jesus while you’re playing with them, and they will teach you.
- What do you want people to remember about you when you’re gone?