Pray.Hope.Love – Teaching Children About God

With simple cinematography and gentle background music, this warm Christian short film shows us the love of a father for family and the mission of parents. It opens with a mother and her children having dinner in a gloomy atmosphere. And then two children quarrelled with each other for something they encountered. Their mother couldn’t take it anymore and stopped their quarrel. Until then, we can know it was Christmas but they didn’t have Christmas dinner. With a burning candle, the atmosphere was not cozy but dull. Nobody knows what happened. After a ring at the door, they got a letter—a passage of prayer, from children’s father. This father hoped that his wife could know God’s plan with stronger confidence, and lead their children into knowing God more. Moreover, he hoped his two children could discern right from wrong and avoid being attracted by this evil social trends … His concerns about his family and faith in God were shown in the long prayers. Afterward, it brings the temptations into view which the two children recently meet with. The girl was asked for sex by her boyfriend, and the boy was tempted to take drugs. Before the father left forever, he had imagined the situation of his family and prayed for them. Three of them were moved by this letter, and wore a smile. Though the scene was gloomy after dinner, their hearts were warm, which was much different from the tit for tat situation at first. After their mother cleared the dishes away, the girl and the boy asked each other whether they had done what they encountered, and they answered “no” with a smile on their face. This short film ends with the candles blew out by them.

This short film is close to life. Society has developed until now, adults and kids are difficult to reject all manner of temptations. Most notably, children, who don’t have correct outlook on life or values, are easily influenced by social environment. Pornography, violence and other contents do great harm to kids’ physical and emotional health. Recent years, school shooting and bullying, taking drugs, and other evils have increased. It turns out that many kids become more and more depraved in this social trends. But luckily, I have followed my mom in her belief in the Lord since my childhood. Following the Lord’s teachings has spared me many temptations. I neither follow peers to commit sins nor have puppy love. Although I came across lots of temptations, because of the Lord’s protection, I didn’t follow them. After work, my colleagues did one-night stands, ex-marriage affairs and they were addicted to alcohol and tobacco, and curried favor with the boss, and made profits from the company by tricks. I couldn’t find my feet in such an evil trend but felt helpless. When I was miserable and depressed because of difficulties at work, my mother read God’s words to me and I rallied my courage to find my purpose in life. Thank God for bestowing upon me my mother who believed in God so that I could come before God. I read the Bible, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Pro 22:6). The best way to guide children to grow healthily is taking them before God to accept God’s words and shun temptations and attacks of evil trends. This should be every parent’s mission.

I was touched by this father’s behavior. Though he couldn’t keep his family company, he believed that God would always accompany them by their side, be their only reliance, and keep them away from temptations. We also have experienced that, it’s extremely important for us to pay attention to reading God’s words and practicing His words so that we have more knowledge of Him. The more we know God, the stronger our faith will be. When we genuinely rely on God, we will not be affected by Satan’s tricks and temptations easily. We can still live out a truly meaningful life even though we live in a world such as this. Just as God’s words say, “The truth that man needs to possess is found in the word of God, a truth that is the most beneficial and helpful to mankind. It is the tonic and sustenance that your body needs, something that helps man restore his normal humanity, a truth that man should be equipped with. The more you practice God’s word, the more quickly your life will blossom; the more you practice God’s word, the clearer the truth becomes. As you grow in stature, you will see things of the spiritual world more clearly, and you will be more powerful to triumph over Satan. Much of the truth that you don’t understand will be made clear when you practice the word of God.” “Because the essence of God is holy, that means that only through God can you walk the bright, right road through life; only through God can you know the meaning of life, only through God can you live out a real life, possess the truth, know the truth, and only through God can you obtain life from the truth. Only God Himself can help you shun evil and deliver you from the harm and control of Satan. Besides God, no one and nothing can save you from the sea of suffering so that you suffer no longer: This is determined by the essence of God. Only God Himself saves you so selflessly, only God is ultimately responsible for your future, for your destiny and for your life, and He arranges all things for you. This is something that nothing created or non-created can achieve. Because nothing created or non-created possesses an essence of God such as this, no person or thing has the ability to save you or to lead you. This is the importance of God’s essence to man.

From God’s words I realize the importance of knowing God. I’m willing to read more of God’s words, share God’s words with people around me, and seek to know Him with others. If I have children in the future, I will bring them before God. Thus, they can find the value of life. Thank God for bestowing us precious words and leading our daily life. I’m willing to fulfill the duty of a created being, spread gospel and bear more fruit to repay His love.

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