This week is Vacation Bible School, which coordinates with our devotions, [+KIDZ Camp]. This picture was taken three years ago with Ben and Maddie and it brought back great memories. I loved Bible School as a kid and it's even more fun as an adult because I get to participate in getting a little crazy and out there! Working with kids is awesome! They arrive every morning to Bible school with contagious smiles and happy hugs, eager to learn more about Jesus, and well... they say the most random things at times!
God calls each of us to minister in many different ways. It can happen behind a pulpit, on the streets, in a classroom, on a farm, in a prison, or at home. It can involve making crafts with kids at Bible school, eating a snack with a child who is too shy to make friends or telling children they are loved no matter what. You can minister by being creative, being a positive role model in a young person's life, or teaching them Bible stories. Consider your unique gifts and talents. God created each of us differently, therefore, each of our gifts is different. "Ministry is found at the intersection of who God created us to be and what God puts before us. So God's call to ministry may change throughout our lives. Our responsibility is to be open to where God steers us along our journey."
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14 (NIV)
Ask your child...
Would you consider being open to opportunities to work with children? Maybe at Vacation Bible School or a summer camp?
Attitudes are contagious. Is your attitude worth catching?
Challenge your child...
Find out about opportunities to be in ministry with children in your church or community. Then make plans to volunteer. Reflect on these questions:
What did I learn about myself?
What did I learn about others?
What did I learn about God?
God, your steadfast love never ceases. Prompt us to use the gifts you graciously gave to each one of us in a way that is pleasing to you. Give us willing hearts and hands to be a positive role model for others. Amen.