Sometimes your plans for kids just don’t work! Then you have to grab the moment and do the best you can.
That’s what happened to me on Sunday. (This was written in 2010 when I was in charge of Children’s Ministries). My well-planned main idea and its applications just did not fly. The kids were restless and undisciplined. “Whatever happened to self-discipline?” I thought.
My lesson on Luke 4 of Jesus not being accepted in his hometown because they just refused to believe the plain teaching of the Bible just never connected. Maybe it was because they ate the sugared snacks between church and Sunday School; maybe it was the age range of 4-10; maybe I’m just not a good disciplinian. Whatever. It will happen to you too.
I finally gave up on making my point about obeying the plain teachings of the Bible. Instead, I said, “If I didn’t love you kids so much, I’d probably quit teaching you. But, I love you at least somewhat like Jesus loves you–with steady love. I’m not going to stop that either!” Then we sang all verses of “Jesus Loves Me” and went out on the playground.
The Teaching Tip is Sometimes your best laid plans just won’t work. But, no child will hear the good news that God loves them and saves them if you do not delight, once in awhile, in their mere childishness. They are children, after all.