School’s out for Summer! Can you hear the playing of the familiar tune from our younger years? Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner so we are in full swing with summertime activities. As daytime temperatures heat up, I welcome the only time of year when my yard begs to be mowed more often than once a week. Spring rains team up with warming trends and green stuff grows everywhere, the garden, flowerbeds, and the yard – my favorite time of year. This is also the time to get out your calendar and schedule those IMPORTANT things like vacation, reunions, and don’t forget volunteering where God leads you to help others!
Since reaching retirement age, volunteering is much easier than when I balanced a job and family responsibilities, but truth is I’ve always volunteered. Summer camp and Vacation Bible School were big parts of my childhood so as an adult; I want to give children’s ministries high priority as I give back to the family of faith. These activities allow a new generation of children to learn and grow in the faith. I’m praying that you can be inspired to consider giving a portion of your summer to such activities. It may cost you in time off work (or your paycheck) or in consumption of energy, but it will pay back in priceless dividends unseen to you today.
Ministry to children was important to Jesus as He walked and taught upon the dusty trails of Galilee and regions along the Jordon River. Crowds followed Him wherever He walked and of course children were a part of those crowds. As still happens today, children were looked upon as a bother by the disciples revealed by their words to the parents of these children who most wanted Jesus to bless their offspring. “Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.” (Matthew 19:13-15)
Look at the leadership in your fellowship of believers. If they tend to ignore the importance of children’s ministries, please do what you can to promote the teachings of our Bible to our children. It takes passion, finances, and many volunteers to make these ministries successful. If Jesus used the humility and innocence of childhood to demonstrate the fabric of the kingdom of heaven, shouldn’t we pay close attention to the loving development of our children? Put feet to your good intentions! Get involved! There’s a place for everyone’s contribution.