The Worries of Kids and the Strength of God (The Worry Box)

Tonya Langdon —  October 26, 2010

Recently, I was teaching a class of kindergarten through fifth graders on the Fruit of the Spirit, Peace. As a visual cue, I used Rembrandt’s painting of Jesus sleeping during a storm on the Sea of Galilee while his disciples were frantic.  I related the story of the peace that Jesus had even during the ferocious storm. The children found it difficult to relate to the peace that Jesus had during the storm and explained that they most understood and related to the feelings of the disciples.

As we discussed how to gain the peace like Jesus had, regardless of our circumstances and how worry steals our peace, I asked what worries them and what steals their peace. Their responses were candid and heart breaking

  • decisions on who to live with after a divorce when their parents lived in different states
  • parents who are fighting
  • fear of parents dying because they drink beer

At that moment, it occurred to me that what they needed was a Worry Box. I quickly found a “box,” paper and pens and had them write out the things that worry them – what steals their peace. As they placed their worries into the box we continued to discuss peace. After everyone was done putting their papers into the Worry Box, we prayed over them releasing the worries to God.  We prayed that God would give the children the wisdom to do what they can do and the peace that only God can give.

Later in the day, I brought those worries home with me so I could go through them and add them to my prayer book.  What I found was even more heart breaking. Behind those young smiling faces and “carefree” persona’s there are giant sized worries that only God can help them with.  Their hearts were filled with turmoil.  Now, in addition to prayer requests, I will also have a Worry Box.  Over time I will ask them individually about their worries in the box and if God has given them any peace over them.

What is in your Worry Box? God’s peace or the world’s turmoil?

Tonya Langdon

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Tonya is married with three children. Tonya currently spearheads The Agape Connections (special needs ministry), teaches the 4th & 5th grade Sunday school class and leads a support group for parents who have children with A.D.H.D. and Behavioral Disorders at Skyline Church in La Mesa, Ca. The Agape Connections work with families who have special needs children so the entire family is able to attend church services and age appropriate church activities. In Tonya’s “free time” she is studying for ordination, writes articles and co-owns an office products business with her brother.

5 responses to The Worries of Kids and the Strength of God (The Worry Box)

  1. Tonya,

    I love this story and idea. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Margarita Marguet-Elizondo October 26, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Loved it! The Worry Box is a great way of teaching kids that some things we must leave to GOD’s perfect plan. Trials can be harsh but they build spiritual maturity. Blessings my sister.

  3. Tonya – This is excellent!

  4. I am a children’s pastor, and a lot of my kids are going through similar things, I appreciate this creative way to teach children to lay their worry’s at God’s feet and trust Him to guide them! I love it and will be using it soon! Thank you!

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