Determination takes both of us.

Ever not finish something? I’m good at that. I have quite the collection of unfinished paintings, illustrations, drawings that are not complete. One in particular haunts me every time I step into my studio. It was inspired by a song that Bob Vale and Shelly Cowling sang in church one Sunday. If you know these two people and can remember a time they used to sing together regularly, then you know how long I’ve let this one set!

I know that one day I will finish this painting. I know what the finished piece will look like. I just need to do it. But this is not something that will change my life, or that of anyone else for that matter, when it’s done. It will just be something that I consider an accomplishment. But it has been on my mind since the elementary kids have started memorizing Hebrews 12:1b this month in FaithWorks!: “Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.”

We’ve been learning that DETERMINATION is “deciding it’s worth it to finish what you’ve started.” We’ve learned that Noah had determination and finished that ark God asked him to make and ended up saving humankind. We’ve learned that Moses had determination to get his people out of Egypt even though he didn’t think he could speak well enough. He ended up saving thousands of Isrealites and pointing them to the promised land. This week, we’ll hear that Ruth had determination to stay with and help her mother-in-law. Because of her actions, they were fed and cared for. Ruth eventually became the great grandmother of King David. And we know who else came from that family line: Jesus! Good thing she had determination.

If a child hears something at church, that’s great. If they hear it at home, that’s wonderful. But if they can hear it at both then, well, that’s awesome!

And awesome is what we want for our FaithWorks! kids. To be more specific, by the time a child leaves FaithWorks! to head across the street to Firehouse, we want them to have an awesome relationship with our God: that helps them make the wise choice, that helps them trust God no matter what, and helps them understand the necessity to treat others the way they want to be treated.

Here’s an amazing story of two brothers: one is determined to help his little brother. This is  a determination we should all have.

This is the kind of determination we’ll be talking about in FaithWorks! this Sunday – a determination to stick by someone in need. This is the kind of determination I’d like you to talk about at home next week. This is the kind of determination we want our kids to live out loud.

On January 6th, we began giving you, our parents, a Parent Cue at check-in. There’s one for you if you have a preschooler and another one for you if you have an elementary-aged child. If you have both, you receive both. These tell you what Bible story we’re talking about that day, what we want them to really know about our lesson and something you can talk to them about at home during the week.

With determination, we can together, help our kids experience the awesome power of having God in our lives. Now I’m off to put that painting back on my easel.

Faith works,

About Karen Grant

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