Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.
Thought for the Day: Our children can teach us much about sharing God’s Word to those around us.
I preface this devotional today by saying I had put this one off for a very long time because of the memories of these children and their commitment to these presentations. My time with these children was cut short and even today I tear up because of my special memories of every one of these precious ones. The link below is of the very first presentation they did. I will be sharing more videos on Facebook today of their later works.
For the past few years, I have had the privilege of working with groups of children in a stick ministry using dowel rods. When we first began the ministry, the children did not understand the concept so they used the sticks for play and sometimes swords, which caused some concern for the adults. As they were taught through each song, they learned that they were using the sticks to tell stories that shared God’s Word. The need for concern that the sticks would be used as swords disappeared and was replaced by our excitement of witnessing these children share the Gospel. The children worked hard to make sure their movements were practiced and perfect. The children presented their stick ministry stories in ways that told God’s story in a perfect way and the congregants were often moved to tears.
Sometimes in life, we are like those children before they understood the importance of what they were doing. But as we grow through learning and practicing, we realize that our role in life is to share God with those we encounter each day.
Prayer: God, help us to grow in our faith by learning Your teachings. Help us to find new and creative ways to share Your Word with the world. Help us to teach others, especially our precious children, how to be Your storytellers. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY