Christian Short Stories

Creation Story Inspires Boy to Clean His Room
By Greg Miller

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Charles was an always-curious five-year-old.

“How did we come to live on planet earth?” he asked Charlene, his mother.

“That’s easy,” Charlene replied with a knowing smile. “God’s Word, the Bible, tells us in the very first book, Genesis, that God created the earth from nothing.

“On the sixth day of creation, God created mankind,” Charlene continued. “God formed the first man, Adam, from the dust of the ground.”

“What did Adam look like mom?”

“We’re told in Genesis 1:26-28, “’And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them…’” “How did the first woman get here?”

Charlene read Genesis 2:21-25, “’And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.’”

Immediately preceding those verses, Charlene recalled, God gave specific instructions to Adam, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.’”

Charlene told her son, “After Adam and his wife Eve ate from the forbidden tree, God made them leave the Garden of Eden. Their lives became much harder.”

Charles was learning a valuable lesson. “I’m going to clean my room tomorrow,” he promised. “You’ve told me a few times you wanted me to clean it, and I don’t want you and dad to make me leave my room forever. From now on, I promise to clean my room every week!”

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