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As a mother of a child with ADHD it is has always been important that BOTH my children understand how important faith is to me, and how important it will be in their own lives. Something as entertaining as the movie Evan Almighty can teach a child faith lessons they may not be able the grasp any other way.
Last night I noticed the movie ‘Evan Almighty’ was listed under the Popular field on Netflix. This movie came out in 2006 and is rated PG. I saw it many years ago and loved it!
My Youngest son was born in 2008 and for the last 5 years has been battling some of the difficulties that come along with the ADHD
diagnosis. He is the type of child who loves and identifies with Superheros like The Flash, Spiderman, Black Panther and Green Arrow to name a few. So he is obsessed with watching any show, movie, or any toy that comes out pertaining to them.
As parents, we have to keep in mind that even though programs or characters on may assisting in keeping our children content while the show or movie is playing, but what happens when the show is over? It’s our responsibility as parents to teach our children to have faith in God. That faith has the power to keep their hearts and minds content throughout life. At least that’s my opinion.
So being the mama that I am, I always remind my son that without God there would be no life and there would be no superheros. I also advise him that the ultimate superhero is God Himself. I tell him nobody else has the power to wake him up every morning. Who else can make the sunrise and sunset? Who else has the power to cause the weather to change from blue skies to rain, lightning, and thunder in a blink of an eye? God, that’s who. Then of course he looks at me in awe.
Because my son is so full of energy with a mind is so busy, it’s difficult for him to grasp what I try and teach him at times. Especially if he perceives it as boring, or thinks I’m nagging.
I really wanted to give my son a faith lesson surrounding Noah’s Ark so tried something a little different this time. So last night I suggested he save the movie Evan Almighty to his Netflix list to watch when he was ready.
This morning he walked over to me and said that he tried to watch Evan Almighty last night but he was too tired and fell asleep. So I suggested he watch it today. I advised that it would be funny and also things he could learn from it.
So after about an hour of him being quiet in his room I asked what he was doing. He said he was in the middle of a movie. I took that as a sign to zip my lips and just let him enjoy whatever movie he had chose to watch. Later he yelled in a happy voice from the room, that they were showing a rainbow on TV. I smiled to myself because I know he associates the rainbow as God’s promise to always love us no matter what (thanks to my teaching)
Anyway, a few minutes later he walks towards me saying that he liked the movie. I asked him what was it about? He replied, “Noah’s Ark”.
I asked him who was Noah? Just testing to see if he remembered what I had previously taught him years ago, in addition to what he just viewed on the movie. He said, “Noah was from the Bible”. He also said he wished he had enough Legos to build an Ark. Then he went off to his room again. 30 minutes later he comes out with his version of a Lego Ark. He kept apologizing he didn’t have enough for the top. But he was proud of his creation and I was just as proud of him . I reassured him that it looked just fine and took a picture of it.
One of the best things we can do for our children is teach having faith in God. I like to remind my son that through good behavior and bad behavior He will always love him. Faith is such a wonderful thing to pass on to our children, especially the ones struggling with impulsive behaviors. I believe simple lessons in a movie can inspire children to play out their thought process through toys. It’s also such a wonderful and proud moment when faith in God is woven right in.
Are there any other faith-inspired movies you or your kids enjoy? Please share with us. I have a long list of movies I enjoy on Amazon Prime. One of these day I may share the list with you Roses. That’s if you ask nicely. LOL! Keep your eyes open!
Until next time Roses.
Source: Olena Rosanne