September 17, 2013
Just this past week I was reading what one of the children wrote in their journal. After seeing this I began to read a few more, and some of the same things were happening in each of the children’s lives. They wrote down their fears, their worries, and what they would like to have. Now these answers were things like, “I’m afraid of the dark”, “help me be strong during the week when my Dad is away”, “help me past this test at school”, “help me to share”. As I sat and thought about this the first thing that came to mind was that these are little and insignificant problems, but as I thought a little more I realized that these very fears, battles, and worries are REAL. What may seem like a small issue to us may really be a BIG problem for children. I turned the table and thought about some of my own fears, worries, and battles such as, “money”, “health”, “food”, our government”. Now to me these may seem like huge things that we as adults face on a daily bases, but to a child…they would seem small and insignificant. A child would say not to worry about money just go make more, they probably don’t think about where the food on the table comes from except the stores. As an adult just remember when your children come to you with a problem or issue they are having, sit down take time to listen because it’s as real to them as ours is to us.
November 11, 2013
As I was telling Brother Dannie about how the adult sermons and the children’s sermons were on the same topic a thought…
In Truth Quest this Sunday we were talking about using Wisdom in our words, how we talk to others, and what we say. I asked them if they have ever heard of the saying “sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt me”. Of course they all raised their hands saying they had heard this before. I then told them that this statement was a lie and words can in fact hurt and sometimes hurt deeply. I asked them to raise their hand if they had ever been called “stupid”, immediately all hands went up again and some even commented on how they didn’t like it. I then asked how many of us have called someone “stupid”, slowly almost all hands went back into the air but no remarks or comments were made. As I watched the kids and their faces I could see that they were thinking about how their words may have hurt someone else. As an adult our kids watch us and read us like a book. How many times have we said something that degraded someone else in front of our kids? If your like me you can answer GUILTY. Our children emulate the things we as parents do, so my question. When our children emulate, are others seeing Jesus or the world.