Children can’t wait to become adults. Adults wish they could be children.
Childhood is a stage of life that is first rushed through, then longed for.
Childhood is brief. It is fleeting. Blink, and you’ll miss it. As adults, we miss the sweet innocence that childhood offers where our biggest worry was who did and didn’t want to play with us on the playground.
Yet, we forget how difficult the lives of children can be. They’ve inherited a world where children are sometimes cast aside, mistreated, or forgotten. A world where the lives of adults have assumed to be more important than those of the smallest among us. A world where they feel the need to pray that mom and dad would stop fighting and that people wouldn’t kill each other.
Why do children want to grow up so fast? I believe part of it is because they are constantly told they are “too young.” They feel powerless in the world we have given them; that no matter what they do, they can’t make a dent in the problems they face. They feel this way in their homes, in their schools, and in their churches.
What if the brief childhood years mattered? What if children were taught that their unique stage of life could make an impact on the world that adults can’t make? What if they believed that they could “turn the world upside down” for Christ like the twelve apostles did?
Enter children’s ministry. This is our opportunity to make an incredible impact in the lives of children who need to know they matter. How much of an impact we make is determined by our mindset. Are we going through the motions, trying to “survive” each Sunday? Are we trying to compete with Disney with the goal to entertain? Do we view ministry to children as “lesser” than ministry to adults? Are we babysitting?
These mindsets are easy to fall into. Remember that childhood is brief. Whether we have been in children’s ministry for five years or fifty, we only have a short time to impact a child during his or her formative years. Will we make the most of this time? Will we view every Sunday – no, every day – as a chance to make a child feel like his life matters? Will he feel empowered to love others like Jesus does, and to make a difference in the lives of others for Christ?
When we start seeing children as able to make a difference in their stage of life, we open them up to a world of possibilities. In this world, what they do matters, what they say matters, and how they live matters.
Will we let childhood slip by, or will we help kids make the most of it?
Children’s ministry isn’t easy. It is a journey that can be fraught with heartbreak and failure. Yet I can’t think of a more rewarding journey to embark on.
This journey is worth it.
Welcome to the Kidmin Journey.