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Transformed – Or Not

Transformed – Or Not

The ride home from school is one of my favorite times of the day. It’s often when my kids will share with me the stories that have taken place at school or perhaps what they’ve learned. Grace is definitely the biggest talker/sharer of my three. When she was four, she attended pre-school at a church around the corner from our house. She loved her teachers there and always hit the car with a story or song she had learned earlier in the day.

One day before I could even pull out of the church parking lot, Grace told me, “Today we learned about transformation!” I smiled, knowing she was at a Christian school but was impressed they had taught such a big word and concept. I envisioned them using caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies to discuss transformation, and then perhaps they compared that to the way Jesus Christ transforms us when we accept the free gift of salvation He offers. There’s nothing better than hearing your child share truth from God’s Word as she discovers it for the first time.

“Tell me about it” I called from the front seat, watching her excited expressions in the rearview mirror and thinking about how I could call the grandparents later to brag on how smart their granddaughter was and how she was learning about God.

“Well,” Grace took a deep breath to begin. “You can get in a sailboat or you can ride in a boat or in your car. Or you can ride in a hot air balloon or on a motorcycle or on a bicycle…” She continued listing modes of transportation only stopping to say, “Ummmm…” as she thought of more.

Transportation. My daughter learned about transportation, not transformation. There’s a big difference. Just two little letters change the word and its meaning completely!

There’s truth in here for me, too.

For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:18-19

The Bible tells us that not one little part of the Bible has been or will be changed. So, I must be careful what I teach others – especially the little ones watching me all the time – about God’s Word. I need to be sure I spend time studying and understanding God’s Word myself, so I can then share that truth with others, and not get anyone confused. I would hate to tell my neighbor that when Jesus comes into her heart, she will become cars and trucks and bikes and motorcycles and hot air balloons…

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This sassy, southern author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Come visit her at

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