May 26, 2011
if about 8 years counts.
I started cleaning out the old filing cabinet that’s in my office – I’ve spent hours in the past getting it all organised, but the reality now is that there isn’t much that’s in there that I wouldn’t have instant access online now, so most of it is heading for the recycling bin. The real one that is.
I’m fascinated by all the resources that I’ve uncovered from past kids pastors, but I’m even more fascinated by the stuff I did early on. I’ve found curriculum that I wrote, even without the amazing team that help me now. I’ve found evaluations that I wrote on the back of run sheets. I was actually really organised, came up with some quality stuff and worked really hard.
I find it easy to look back and feel like what I did didn’t have much value, that it was just so far from the awesome that we are only starting to get to now. Past Sarah is telling now Sarah that what I did actually had loads of value. There is no time wasted. God totally used what we were doing back then, just as He is now!
May 4, 2011
The thing that God asked Abraham to do is probably one of the hardest things He could ask – to give up His only son.
The twist was that the son was the promise. What God was really asking was “do you love ME more than what I’ve promised you”.
It’s so easy to hold onto hope that God will fulfill His promise – He will, even if not the way we expect – but what we really need to put our hope in is not the promise for the good stuff He wants to give us, but in HIM. Just him. Gosh that’s tough.
May 2, 2011
If you do kidmin then you will most likely have encountered this problem… so much of the Christian message is about love. We sing songs about how we love God, talk about His unconditional love for us and how we love other people.
Of course most girls don’t have a problem with this, they’re cool with the same old action of putting your hands over your heart for the word “love” in yet another song. Most girls like a good love story.
But boys, not so much. I’ve always tried to not make it too girly, but on Sunday when we were singing yet ANOTHER song about love, I heard some of the boys saying “ewwwww”.
The problem is that the fairly tale ideas of love that the kids hear time and time again just aren’t really love. We explained to the kids that the greatest expression of love in the whole world wasn’t girly AT ALL! In fact, it was the most “manly” thing that could be done (cue the grunting), that Jesus was willing to give up His life for the people that He loves.
After LifeKids, one of the boys came up and said that he knows of a ‘true love story’… I was curious. His answer was The Princess Bride.
I think that this is a message that we’ll need to repeat over and over again with our kids. The message that love is a fairy tale mushy pink thing is our faces all the time, so the message that love is being willing to give up our life for God and people needs to be in their faces too.