This is quickly becoming one of my favorite words this year. It was a word I actually had to look up the definition. It means "a child." It is such an appropriate word for me. I have found myself surrounded by children since I was a child. I had barely graduated from high school when Randy and I were asked to be middle school youth leaders. Since then, we have raised and homeschooled our own three children and worked together with children in various ministries within the church through the years. I have had a constant flow of babysitees through the house, teach at a homeschool co-op, and work in the nursery at church. One of my favorite kid-centered ministries is cooking three meals a day for a week over the summer for our church's youth camp. There is no better way to make friends with teenagers than by feeding them.
|Doing one of my favorite things for kids with one of my favorite adults.|
In all honesty, there have been days of working with kids that were harder than others, but there have been days of pure joy as well.
Although there is some debate about who actually said it first, there's a quote that said, "With great power comes great responsibility." While I have never lorded power over any of the kids in my care, there is a lot of truth that statement. I have power in how I treat them. I have power in what I teach them. I have power in the spiritual seeds I plant.
When I think about it, it's kind of scary. I wonder what kids have taken away from our relationship. Do they see more positives than negatives? Have I made a difference in their lives? Have they see Christ in me?
God has given me a ministry to children, and I must not take it lightly. Mark 10:14 tells us that when Jesus saw the disciples turning away children, He said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Jesus loved them, so I must love them as well.
One of the many things I have learned from kids over the years is that they just want to be loved and taken care of. They need to feel they can trust. They have faith in us; a childlike faith that is, at least so far, unhindered by the bad things of this world.
Even as adults, we can (need to) have a childlike faith when it comes to Christ. He is there to love us and take care of our needs. We can trust Him with everything, down to our deepest, darkest secrets. He never has any intentions to harm us, but to carry us when we are harmed by the world.
I know I need to work on my childlike faith. How about you?