I watched two hundred children calling each other names and I couldn’t hold back the tears.
“A Girl after God’s heart”
They were walking around covered in stickers. Words of encouragement. Words of hope. Words of truth.
Our children’s pastor once said, “Just because they are children, it doesn’t mean that when they ask Jesus into their hearts that they get the Jr Holy Spirit.”
I love that. More importantly I love that my children are challenged in ways I wasn’t until I was an adult.
They are taught to pray and EXPECT things to happen. When they ask God for direction, they’re taught to EXPECT to hear Him.
Do they always see things happen or hear the answer they are looking for? No. But I love that when I’m sick, the first thing my 9 year old does is pray for me. And when she’s done she asks me if I feel any better.
She EXPECTS God to be God.
I was a camp counselor for the children’s ministry a couple weekends ago. I’ve done it for 3 years now and it’s always such a highlight.
There’s nothing like watching your 9 year old worshipping Jesus wholeheartedly. Or seeing your 7 year old praying for the people of Japan with her friends.
And watching a room full of children pray and ask God to give them an encouragement for each other? Priceless.
They were challenged to be people who “see in others what they don’t see in themselves.” So they prayed and encouraged and walked about 10 feet taller because of all the stickers and words of encouragement.
“Nothing missing. Nothing broken.”
Wow. Just wow.
So today, call people names. Ask God to show you the great things He sees in those around you. Expect to hear Him and spread those words of encouragement and hope…especially to your children.Leave a Comment