Dear Tabernacle Family,
A number of people have been credited with the quote, “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” There seems to be universal recognition that children are vital to the future of a country. This is also true regarding the future of the church. Today’s children will be the leaders of tomorrow. We are responsible for teaching and training them to fill the roles that we hold today. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 stresses the importance of teaching God’s word “diligently to your children.”
No one would dispute that parents carry the primary responsibility for the life of a child. They must provide for the child and attend to the daily tasks of child-rearing. Parents are the ones who must “train up a child in the way that he should go.” (Proverbs 22:6), However, a child’s life is also shaped by the influence of many forces other than their parents. Every experience, encounter, relationship, whether positive or negative, has an impact on the life of a child. The child psychologist, Haim Ginott, says, “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”
I can look back on my own life and appreciate the influence of a number of adults: an aunt who took me with her on trips and showed me a world beyond the mountains where I grew up; my grandmother who sat with me on the porch and taught me the beauty of simple things and the joy of quiet reflection; my pastor who challenged me to go to Bible College, a decision which changed the course of my life. Many of you are making an impact on the lives of the children in your world. Teachers, mentors, coaches, neighbors, extended family… “one sows, another waters.” Whether deliberate or unintentional, our interactions with children influence who they will become.
As we move into a new school year, won’t you take time to consider how your gifts and talents might be used to build the future of the church? We need teachers on Sunday morning and Tuesday night, assistant teachers, and nursery workers; teachers for older students and for babies. We need people who are willing to serve every Sunday and we need workers who can only help once a month. Whatever your preference and your availability, our boys and girls need your help!
I have a plaque in my office which says, “One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Dwight L. Moody said, “If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God.” Who knows the lasting impact you might have on the life of a child if you decide to become involved in children’s ministry?
If you’d like to join me in this most rewarding ministry or would like more information about areas where you might serve, please call me at 675-2888, ext. 1711.
For the Children,