Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
We are blessed to have so many children in our congregation. We are also blessed by the presence of so many people who have heard the call to educate our children in the ways of the Lord.
Many years ago, more than I care to admit, I was asked if I would prepare a children’s sermon and Amy was asked if she would like to teach Sunday school. We both kind of looked at each other and said, “Why us? We don’t know enough about religion to be able to teach the children.” We decided to sit down and pray on it and let the Lord guide us. Well, we all know what the answer was.
One of the great joys I have is being able to see the look of excitement and amazement on the children’s faces when the message the Lord has given me to present makes an impact on them. They may not remember the whole message, but a mustard seed has been planted in their hearts. With proper nurturing that seed will grow.
Listening to comments made after the service, I realized that the message isn’t just touching our children, but instead is reaching everyone. This got me thinking. Since I started preparing the children’s message, I was learning more and more about the Lord. Was this the answer to our “Why us?” question? We all remain God’s children no matter if we are 9 or 90. Have we forgotten how to be like a child and look at the world with an open mind? Mustards seeds of God’s love were planted in us as a child. Have we stopped nurturing them just because we have grown older? WE are never too old to continue to learn and grow. God has asked us to train our children in his ways. ALL of his children.
During this Christmas season, we all need to remember what it is like to be a child. Loosen up, give our burdens to the Lord, and try to look at the world through a child’s eye. We still have a lot to learn.
May God Bless You,