I Don’t Know What “Made Love” Means

I Don’t Know What “Made Love” Means

Yep–that’s what the image says: “I don’t know what ‘made love’ means.”

Let me explain.

These last couple of months the developing of But-Kickers has been a big deal in our home. I’ve been on the lookout for “big but faith,” seeking to annihilate it wherever it lurks. And I’ve been the super-vigilant Wonder Mom who makes sure her own child doesn’t fall into that shallow belief pit that can’t put up with a cloudy day or a stubbed toe.

So how did I do it?

With the Word of God, of course. I figured, Hey, I’ll have Kaki read through the whole Bible just like I’m reading through the whole Bible, and we’ll talk over those faith issues that make you say, “Huh?” I’ll even have her write out her observations . . . So what if she’s just five weeks out of first grade?

Several days later after going through several chapters of Genesis together, I was so impressed with my little genius. She wondered what it meant to be cursed, whether snakes used to have legs or if they hopped around on their tails, and she wondered if any of the fish God created looked like Nemo.

Then came Genesis, chapter 4. By then I was thoroughly convinced Kaki could fly the plane solo. I queued up BibleGateway so she could hear the Word while following along in her Bible.

I walked away to give her a chance to work alone.

A few minutes later when I checked to see how she was doing, I found that she had already finished the chapter and written her observations. Great over-estimator of reality that I am, I was ready for Kaki to ask why Cain was so angry, why God liked some offerings but not others, and why a man would have two wives.

Instead I saw Kaki with a confused look on her face as she showed me what she had written: “I don’t know what ‘made love’ means.”

She had never gotten past verse 1: “Adam made love to his wife, Eve.”

So much for the deep theological, discussion on faith-bearing issues–at least on that day. She had one simple question.

And so I answered it with a bird, a bee, and a boatload of hugs and kisses.

Then we were done.

At least for that day.

 

Sherry Boykin

Sherry Boykin, the founder of Faith and Tales, is a storyteller and chronic believer in the power of faith narratives to change lives. She loves to use biblical and personal accounts to help women move beyond their obstacles, glean fresh perspectives on life, and to live differently as a result. Her experiences in urban and suburban ministries, Peruvian Amazon jungle missions, long-term singleness, marriage and family, and men's dorm-living shape her life and provide a colorful backdrop from which to share the Word of God. Sherry is the author of But-Kickers: Growing Your Faith Bigger Than Your But and she has been interviewed for articles in Time, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Jo Ann Walczak

    Yep, we do overestimate our young ‘uns! A+ for the mommy effort of “but” kicking. Love it!

    1. Sherry Boykin

      Glad to know I don’t stand alone in this arena. Thanks, Jo Ann!

  2. What a sweet story . . . the kind a mother savors for a long, long time! Enjoy every conversation . . . even when they turn out a little different!! Great idea, using Bible Gateway.

    1. Sherry Boykin

      I’ve already begun to realize how quickly this time slips away. Trying hard to savor every bit.

  3. Cheryl Kaiser

    How sweet…a time with her that you will always treasure.

    1. Sherry Boykin

      Just hope Kaki doesn’t start running away every time she sees that twinkle in my eye that signals another “great” idea . . . !

  4. Teddi Boykin

    Loving it! Children will make you stop and think or re-think (lol).
    Love you guys!

    1. Sherry Boykin

      Teddi, you are SO right! Can’t you just hear Kaki saying this?

  5. Could be one of the best one sentences descriptions yet…”Ready to stop squeezing a size 12 BUT into a size 5 faith?”

    LOVED this post, loved, loved, loved.

    Always glad to connect more with Hartline peeps.

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