Craig of the Creek

by Adam Holz

Cartoon Network’s new animated show “Craig of the Creek” is full of neighborhood adventures. Ten-year-old Craig Williams, along with his best friends Kelsey and J.P., live next to a creek. All the local kids hang out there. The creek has imaginary kingdoms, shops and battlefields, so there’s always something new to explore.

Maybe they’ll find a turtle. Maybe they’ll help two warring groups of paintball kids make peace. Maybe they’ll just... get dirty.

The kids’ fun and mostly wholesome adventures feel a bit like “Phineas and Ferb.” Craig respects the creek’s diverse communities, from a sewer queen to a cardboard architect. Kelsey models courage and courtesy as a knight-in-training. J.P. is kind to everyone.

“Craig of the Creek” isn’t squeaky clean. We hear a few words of surprise or frustration. Some episodes include make-believe aliens, witches and a “vegan werewolf.” J.P. takes off his clothes once—though he’s soon covered in mud—to rescue his friends. But overall, the show stays refreshingly positive.

Compared to Cartoon Network’s edgier series, “Craig of the Creek” doesn’t try to grow up too fast. It encourages viewers to turn off the TV, round up their friends and enjoy the adventures that await outdoors.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.” —Psalm 19:1

“Craig of the Creek” reminds us that nature—and getting out and playing in it—is awesome. There are so many things to do. But did you know that nature also tells us something about our Creator?

The natural world shows God’s power and creativity. He made the stars above and dirt below. Mountains and canyons, forests and fields, glaciers and rivers, planets and paramecium were all created “through Him” (John 1:3).

So the next time you’re climbing a tree, looking at an anthill, hiking a mountain or diving into the ocean, remember: God made it all. And the same God who made that beautiful world made you too.

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