Inspired By 10 Year Olds: How Kids Impacted Eternity Last Week

By November 5, 2012Get Inspired

I had nothing to do with it.

They announced it and she begged to do it. So I did my parental duty – I said yes and drove her to practices, events and performances.

Frankly, I don’t know if I would have done it. It sounds kind of terrifying to me. Terrifying and amazing. Like running a marathon or bungee jumping.

Scratch that. Bungee jumping just sounds terrifying.

Moving on.

My daughter and 39 of her friends gave up a couple weekends and trick or treating on Oct 31. They gave up costumes and eating candy. Instead they gave hours and hours and hours of work to learn dramas, dances and how to tell their God story.

On Halloween night, they performed on one of the busiest trick or treating streets in town. They passed out candy and lemonade to thirsty kids.

My daughter and her friends did a fun dance to a Toby Mac song. Other friends performed a powerful drama. A couple kids shared their God story. Then the children’s pastor asked if anyone wanted to know more about Jesus.

I saw a couple hands go up.

And…I watched my little girl walk over, talk and pray with one of them. Some children get candy on Oct. 31, this young man got a Savior.

The last count I heard, 15 people – including a family and a drug dealer (!), gave their lives to Jesus this past week.

10 year olds can impact eternity.

Wow.

I know these kids. They aren’t perfect. They don’t walk around with a holy glow, float two feet above the ground or recite Nehemiah for fun.

They are just like any other kids. They fight with their siblings, eat too many sweets, and grumble about chores.

But they made themselves available to God and He used them powerfully.

Get Uncomfortable

My church is one of the most uncomfortable places I’ve ever been. And that’s why my husband and I moved here. We love that our family is constantly challenged to serve more, give more, love more, surrender more.

It’s definitely not a perfect church (no church is), but it is filled with people falling forward. People who’s attitude is, “If I’m going to make a mistake, I want to make it by loving God and loving others too much….”

If it were up to us, we would have just stayed at home and passed out candy.

But since we threw ourselves into this flow of people, this church, doing all they can to love God and love others, we get taken by the current to places we never would have gone on our own.

And my 10 year old has brought a few new friends with her…

How Can You Jump in the Current?

So, my question to you today, is how are you getting uncomfortable?

I know not everyone has a church community that inspires and challenges them. But with technology there are SO many ways to surround ourselves with people who push us forward.

A few ways to get uncomfortable:
Sign up for the next session of HelloMornings.
Listen to podcasts – maybe this one?.
Read biographies – these could be great story time books (affiliate link).
Find an online church – like lifechurch.tv
Listen to sermons online – I enjoy Francis Chan’s sermons on Youtube.

What resources can you recommend to others? What podcasts, books or online communities have impacted you? Click here to share.

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  • Avatar Gina says:

    Our church stretches us in the same way…and we are SO thankful that the Lord led us there. Our pastor definitely thinks outside the box.

    This set of FREE MP3 downloads by Carolyn Mahaney have been an AMAZING means of grace in my life. I refer to them often and love to pass them on to others. A lot of practical, godly wisdom for women in all seasons of life.

    http://www.sovereigngracestore.com/Category/33_1/_i_Speaker_Search_i_.aspx

  • Oh Kat– I just love this.

    I’m with ya on the biographies…of missionaries and others.
    Just finishing up Lopez Lomong’s biography after reading Corrie’s, The Hiding Place. Quickly shifts my perspective…

    I think even taking the time to READ the letters that missionaries send home is huge. Realizing that we are part of something bigger than “American Cultural Christianity” http://thechuppies.com/2012/08/praying-to-grow-a-world-christian/

    We have really been impacted by Matt Chandler’s and Tim Keller’s sermons on itunes.

    And for me, Paul Tripp’s book Forever…was huge. On getting rid of eternity amnesia…I’m so quick to forget that there is SO MUCH MORE than the here and now.

    http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Why-Cant-Live-Without/dp/0310328187/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352142153&sr=8-1&keywords=paul+tripp+forever

    • Avatar Kat Lee says:

      Kara,
      Oh, I’m so excited to check these out! I’ve been looking for more sermon podcasts and I’ve heard a lot about Matt Chandler, an old high school friend wrote even wrote a book with Matt, but I’ve yet to hear him preach.

      Thanks for the reminder about the Lopez Lomong book too. I’m going to add that to my Amazon list.

      Good stuff Kara, thanks!

  • Avatar Angel says:

    thanks for sharing this story, I loved it and passed it on to our outreach pastor and youth leader. what an amazing idea, so thankful that God uses even the littlest child to impact the world

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    That is awesome!! My girls are totally my inspiration to be what God has called me to be. I love their hearts for the Lord even at such a young age.

    • Avatar Kat Lee says:

      Joyce,
      Yes! I always thought nothing could top the growing I did in college, but isn’t it amazing how much our children inspire us to grow? Also? Your girls are SO adorable!

  • Im convicted myself!!!

  • Avatar Valerie says:

    An awesome illustration of the truth that there is no Jr. Holy Spirit. She’s got the real thing and it’s beautiful!

    This post touches on the topic I can’t get off my mind and heart. Over and over I’m being impressed with the thought that the best way to go about the mission of motherhood is to be on mission together. Figuring out what that looks like for us in this stage…

    Usually I’m a happily anonymous reader, but today I just had to chime in!

    • Avatar Kat Lee says:

      Valerie,
      I’m so glad you decided to chime in! Very thought provoking – it’s not easy in our busy, busy culture. It was the grace of God that our church organized this and that my daughter wanted to do it. I’d love to figure out how to do things like this (or even volunteering at places) on a more consistent basis, but like you I don’t know what that looks like in this season…

      I hope you’ll let me know what you learn as you figure it out!

  • Avatar Lynette says:

    Wow! Incredible! Thanks for sharing. This post has been sitting in my inbox waiting for me to catch up on and I’m so glad I didn’t miss it. I pray that my three children will grow up to have a heart for God like your daughter with courage and conviction to reach out to others and impact lives (and their Mummy and Daddy too).

  • Avatar aubrey says:

    Wow! What a cool idea for Halloween! I love that you followed your daughters lead and went against the current. Don’t you just love when our kids step out and take action to the things we have been praying for and teaching them and then we are like “whoa, really?!?” Lol. Love when God uses are little ones to teach us! Great post!