I wanted to introduce you to three little statements that your child will be hearing a lot of this year. They’re little. They’re brief. But they’re not short on power!
They’re rules. They’re rocks. And we hope your child will build a lifelong foundation grounded in a relationship with Jesus as their Forever Friend and use these as a guide for living in faith every day.
Our first week back together, after the summer, was focused on showing love for God. The children understand that there are many different ways to show our love, some include talking to God, reading our Bible, and singing to Him. The children were encouraged to remember that when we are singing in FaithWorks!, we are singing TO God! And God doesn’t care what your neighbor is doing: if you want to close your eyes, do it! if you want to hold your hands up in the air, do it! if you want to dance, do it! if you want to stand still and just listen to the other voices, do it! We are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37 NIV). Jesus said this was the greatest commandment! A commandment! He wasn’t just saying to think about it, or be shy about it, but do it!
The day we learned about showing love for others, we created a feast! Every small group created or brought something to share. We had pitchers of water filled and carried in by first graders, trail mix stirred up and paper plates carried in by preschoolers and kindergarteners, our older kids made dip for carrots, cut up apples, put together cheese & crackers, and coated graham crackers with frosting & sprinkles! It was delicious! And everyone had a plate full. Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:9-14). Another commandment. Jesus is serious about this stuff!
Showing love for self can be hard. But we have encouraged your child to remember that God created them exactly the way they are. In Genesis 1, we learn that “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them.” And when God says something is “good” He means it (take a look at Genesis 1:26-31).
Each Sunday, we asked your child to commit to living these things out at home. Each Sunday they wrote something down that they wanted to do. Did you notice them show some love for God? Or show someone how much they love them? Did you notice your child be a little more self-confident?
Ask them about it. Talk with them. What are they doing to:
Show love for God?
Show love for others?
Show love for self?
Because we’ll keep mentioning it every Sunday. We hope you will keep talking about it Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.