Yes! Biggie Size That!

What if parents and families decided to “biggie size” their child’s faith journey.

What if for 25 cents kids could go home from church on a Sunday morning with an extra-large idea that could further what they learned in that hour with their small group leader.

What if that extra something was done with their family.

What if our kids became “obese” with God’s love.

What if their “second-hand smoke” affected those around them.

There’s a lot of talk this week about New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg’s suggestion that large sized sugary drinks should not be sold in his city as he finds that 50% of the people there are over weight.  Most of the people against this do not like the idea of being told what to do, regardless of how bad the bucket-o-pop is for the body. I don’t want to get into a debate about this, but it did make me pause and ponder the idea of “for 25 cents more we can make that a large popcorn!” that I hear at the movie theater.

I wonder how many times I said, “Sure!” thinking well, it’s only 25 cents. Not even bothering to think about the extra calories, carbs, fake butter and salt added to my bucket.  And enjoying every handful going into my mouth! I am positive I will think twice about that next time.

The average FaithWorks! child spends 40 hours a year church. That’s out of 8,760 total hours in a year. What if the church and families were able to partner and “biggie size” that. It would be fun to be able to say we’ll charge 25 cents for that! But here’s a way to do that for free:

  • On the way home each Sunday, ask “What did you learn about God today?” (Instead of “Did you have fun?”)
  • When you get home, find the Bible verse in your Bible and read it together with your child.
  • Ask them “What does that mean for us?” And listen to what they have to say.
  • Find ways to remind them of this during the week.
  • Pray with them about this.
  • Repeat.

Maybe consistently putting this on their plate will fatten them up with God’s love.

Maybe consistently pointing out every where you see or hear God in a day will put a few God-pounds on them.

Maybe they’ll be so full of God they can’t do anything but spill His love out on those around them, causing them to inhale some second-hand stuff.

Maybe our next headlines will read:

Schools Stumped As Students Speak Freely of God in a Place Where Church & State Are Separated: What’s a Teacher To Do?

Too Many Kids Living Their Faith Out Loud – Schools Want To Make Them Stay Home

Kids Astound Experts As They Change The World With Their Hearts

Elementary Student Claims “I Now Love Jesus Because I Sat Next To Joey”

Now that’s a phenomenon I would be interested to see.

About Karen Grant

Children's Minister - FaithWorks! is the children's ministry of Clay Church in South Bend, Indiana.
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