If you are a parent, teacher or a leader in children’s ministry than I an certain that you have felt this way at some point in your life. Let me share this story from a couple years ago. I hope that it encourages you as much as it did me.
The night started like any other. The flurry of activity; getting my son from school, figuring out what to do for dinner and still managing to get to church in time to help set up for Wednesday night activities. While it started normal enough, it did not end that way.
The trip home seemed like any other. Kim and I were chatting about miscellaneous stuff while our son did his thing in the back seat and our 3 year old daughter was happily talking to herself, while we basically ignored her. Then it happened. For a brief instant my wife heard what my daughter was saying. She was reciting the pledge to the Bible.
You see Wednesday nights for us is Awana night and my daughter is a Puggle this year. Awana night starts with opening ceremonies that include the Pledge of Allegience for the American Flag, Awana Flag and then the pledge to the Bible.This is where my daughter had picked up the pledge to the Bible.
Now, I know that my daughter at 3 years old does not fully understand the pledge. She doesn’t know what it means to make the Bible “a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” She doesn’t know what it means to “hide it’s words in my heart so that I may not sin against God.” But, the point is she is already “hiding it’s words in her heart” and someday this will help her to not sin against God.
Sometimes we may not think that the things we do are making an impact. However, for me this is proof that the things we do are sinking in for the kids we minister to. She may not understand what these things mean, but they are “hidden in her heart” and when the time comes they will be there for the Holy Spirit to use when she needs them and for that I am thankful.
Whether you are a parent or a ministry leader or both be encouraged. In Galatians 6:9 Paul encourages us to, “not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will read a harvest if we DO NOT GIVE UP.”Matt Norman
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