Sticky Jam Hands
Kids always have them. And by “always,” I mean that in my made-up world of statistics it’s a 100 percent probability that a kid’s hand will be sticky when they go to touch the white couch you never should have bought, or your sunglasses. Or better yet, when they slip that cute little paw inside yours.
Even my 5-yr old understands this phenomenon. At dinner time when we hold hands to pray, he shies away from his little brother’s hand knowing he will come away with a little somethin’ extra in the exchange. For some reason, he doesn’t want whatever his brother ate for lunch flavoring his dinner.
Kids – we love them because they’re ours. And by ours, I don’t just mean the ones with our DNA or same last name. I mean ALL kids, every sticky-handed last one of them. They are ours to cherish, protect, care for, stretch and nurture into adulthood. They are ours to mentor and coach, love and teach. It is a precious privilege and a steep responsibility.
Jesus said, “Whoever takes the lowly position of a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in me – to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18:4-6)
Jesus does not mess around when it comes to kids. And neither should we. (Unless by “mess around” you mean riding on skateboards and spraying each other with water guns as part of a memory verse game. Then it’s cool. And, yea, that happened – 4th/5th grade small group leaders at Ashley Ridge Church are AMAZING!)
This week we’re gearing up for the start of a new school year with a Kids Blogging Week. All week long we’ll be talking about the beauty and challenge of working with kids. We believe it’s our privilege and opportunity to partner with families to raise kids who love Jesus and love His Church.
I hope you’ll join the conversation with us.
What are your biggest challenges as a parent, grandparent, teacher or coach? What do you love most about the kids you engage with every week? How do you feel called to more when it comes to leading our kids to Jesus?
For more information about the kid’s ministry at Ashley Ridge Church, check out www.facebook.com/AshleyRidgeKids.