How to Use Your Dirty Floors to Teach Kids About God

It’s not tough to figure out where my kids eat most meals. This is an embarrassing picture of the floor under our kitchen stools. I found our daughter Emma down there scavenging for snacks.

Disgusting? Yes. But I also found some teaching benefits in this dehydrated ensemble of blueberries and pasta.  

I called the kids over for a more careful inspection. The conversation went something like this…..

They reported the stuff was “all crusty and dried up.”

That’s right, I told them. It’s dehydrated. That’s a big word for what happens when things that have water in them lose their water. They get all crusty and don’t work the same way anymore.

Our Bodies Need Water So They Don’t Dry Up.

That’s why we get thirsty. Thirst is how God made our bodies to tell us when they need more water.

But did you know …..?

God Says There’s Another Kind of Water We Need

It’s called Living Water. Jesus tells us He is this Living Water.  

The Bible tells us about a time Jesus met a woman who was getting some water. He asked her for a drink. Then he told her something important.

Jesus told her he is a gift from God; that he is Living Water. If she asked him to, he would give her this special, Living Water that would be with her forever (John 4:10-15).

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water…”

You Can Have the Special Water, Too

It’s Jesus. God sent Jesus because He loves us and knows we need Him. Just like pasta and blueberries dry up without water, we get thirsty and dry up without God.

He made us to be with Him and we miss him and get thirsty for him when he’s not there.  Jesus makes a way for us to be with God all the time, forever.  All you have to do is ask.

Am I the only one whose floor looks like this sometimes?? Do you ever feel dried up and thirsty for God’s water?  I’d love to hear from you!

Off to get the broom now…..


5 Responses to 'How to Use Your Dirty Floors to Teach Kids About God'

  1. amyletinsky says:

    Love this lesson. And we have lots of visual aids below the high chair right now!

  2. Jennifer Medley says:

    This is great Teresa – I’m going to share it with my kiddos!

  3. Teresa Simon says:

    Jennfier, thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m so glad you find this helpful! Let me know how it goes. :)

  4. Vio says:

    I love this idea!!! My husband and I don’t have kids (yet) but I’ll definitely we’ll tell them this lesson, too. Thanks for sharing!!!!

    • Teresa Simon says:

      Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I’m excited for when you get to have kids and hope to hear your ideas as well!

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