I think, generally, if you actually understand something you’ll be able to to explain it to a young child. And the flip side of that coin is that trying to explain something to a little kid can help you understand it better.
Some Christian parents, myself included, struggle at times to answer their 5-year-old’s question about what a theologically and philosophically big word means.
“Daddy, what’s love?”
“But Mommy, what is faith?”
So, after watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with my kids and explaining what “bravery” was to my 3-year-old son, I had the idea to write this post.
These are some little kid definitions that, while not the most precise exposition you could give of each idea, I think certainly get across what each thing really is. These have been (or will be) my definitions for my little guys.
Bravery: When you love something good and fight for it.
Evil: Not like God.
Faith: Believing someone can do what he says he can do.
Family: People connected by a love promise.
Good: Like God.
Heaven: Where God lives.
Hell: A place where God punishes, forever, people who won’t say sorry.
Home: Where you’ve been made to belong.
Hope: When you really want something to happen.
Love: When something is so special to you you’ll do hard things for it.
Marriage: A love promise a man and a woman make to each other and to God.
Peace: When things are working the way God designed them to work.
Salvation: How people get to go to Heaven when they believe in Jesus.
Wisdom: Knowing what’s good and knowing how to do it.