Let Them Be Children

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.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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