I'm not religious.
Yes, I've been to church. I was even in some church groups in high school. But I never felt like religion was for me. I believe in a higher being--but who that higher being is, I don't know. I suppose I'm known as agnostic.
I've always been fine with those who are religious. Many of my friends are. Many family members are. And I always vowed that I'd allow my children to decide for themselves what they wanted to believe. So I put them in vacation Bible schools.
Tommy? He wasn't a fan. He found it boring. He has a more scientific thought process and needs proof. However, he does believe in Heaven because he says he'll be upset if we die and nothing happens.
But Natalie? She loved learning about the Bible. One time she told me, "Jesus is Lord." Another? "Mommy, let's say hi to Heaven!"
I am honest with my kids. If they ask me if I believe, I'll explain that I really don't believe in the Bible. Natalie knows this, but SHE chooses to believe, and I would never take that away from her. Never. Even though I'm not religious, it doesn't mean my daughter can't be.
I do tell her that I hope she always believes that it's okay if two consenting adults want to marry, even if they are the same sex. Right now she doesn't have an issue with it and wears her shirt proudly:
She also loves watching Jazz Jennings in I Am Jazz, because she's happy that Jazz is her authentic self. (For those who don't know, Jazz was born a boy but says she always had a girl brain. I've taught Natalie all about what it means to be transgender and I'm proud to say she supports those who want to be who they truly are.)
Maybe one day she'll decide she doesn't want to believe anymore. And that's okay. It's her decision.
But for now, in the present, when Natalie says, "It's raining. I love the rain. We should say thank you to Jesus," and it means so much to her so I'll comply and say, "Thank you, Jesus."
Because it's not hurting anyone.