I found this story that has been around for about 25 years. Unless the young author was attending a Christian Academy, there’s little chance it would have been an assignment in a public school. Also, the way boys in third grade talk and write, this must have been edited by an adult to correct all the spelling errors and incomplete grammar. But it still doesn’t change the message.

The story was supposedly told by an eight-year-old boy named Danny Dutton, who attended third grade in Chula Vista, CA. As a homework assignment, he was asked to explain who God was. The following is what he included in his explanation:

One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He just leaves that to their mothers and fathers.

God’s second job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray more than just their bedtime prayers. God is so busy I don’t think he even has time to listen to the radio or watch TV. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off. God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.

I was told that atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren’t any who come to my church. Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and teaching people who wanted to learn about God. But some didn’t want to hear him preach, and they got mad and they put him on a cross. But he was good and kind, like his father in heaven, and so he told his father that they didn’t really know what they were doing and to forgive them, and God said O.K.

His father up in heaven appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him to come on back home up in heaven, that he could stay there. So he did. And now he helps his father out by listening to all the prayers and seeing all the things which need to be taken care of. There are even some things he takes care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important. You can pray anytime you want and he will help you get things worked out.

That’s why we should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God. Don’t skip church or do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides, the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.

If you don’t believe in God like an atheist does, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared, in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into really, really deep water by big kids.

But, you don’t need to keep asking God to do things for you, you can do things for him too. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he wants. And that’s all I know about God

Needless to say, such a composition would make the parents of any eight-year-old boy proud. But the simple truths contained in this narrative are indisputable, even when they come from the thought process of a young child. After-all, Jesus did say that some fantastic things will come out of the mouth of babes. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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