Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lessons from Children

The old expression (which actually originated in the Bible), states,  “Out of the mouths of babes.” Art Linkletter used a similar phrase when he stated, “Kids say the darndest things.”  The expression recognizes that children often surprise us with things they say, particular insight, honesty, and perspective.  
We adults would do well to listen to what kids are saying during this year’s VBS. Over and over this year, they will proclaim, “ Facing Fear, Trusting God!” From the life of Paul, they will be challenged to Dare to Change, to Speak up, to Believe, and to Stand Strong.  This theme and focus are each based on 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.”

They will sing songs that remind us that NOBODY is greater than God, that we should not be afraid, and that we should tell everybody about Jesus. They will recite the ABC’s of salvation…to admit, believe and confess. And, they will find reminders of God even in the crafts they make.  

Certainly God will speak through all the adults involved in Bible School as we share the love of God with children, but perhaps we as adults should listen to the children, too….and to be reminded that we are commanded in Matthew 18:3 to  become like little children. After all, He Himself came as a little child when He came to save the world!

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