VBS – Day 2
I grew up in a very small church. We never had a VBS. I remember going to VBS at my grandmothers church a few times growing growing up, but VBS was not a part of my normal church experience. We had Sunday school, and Sunday night and Wednesday services and my family never missed. But I never received the spiritual training that I needed as a young child at church. Fortunately, I had a Mom who taught me by example what it means to live a Christian life. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 8 years old, but I was in college before I really learned how to study God’s word and apply it to my every day life. That’s why I believe VBS is so important for our children. I remember getting a phone call from the VBS director at Fairview 21 years ago asking me to direct the 3rd grade class. I have never regretted saying yes. Things have changed a lot over the years. I am teaching 2nd graders now and I am no longer the director. Yet one thing hasn’t changed. Our kids NEED VBS! They need this time spent diving deeper into the Word and learning more about what it means to be a Christian. I have seen it in their faces when something they’ve heard for years finally makes sense. I’ve watched as they finally come to the realization that Jesus didn’t just die for the sins of the world, but that he died for THEIR sins. I’ve seen the wonder in their eyes when they begin to realize that THEY can be a witness every day in the things they do and the things they say to their friends at school, at home, and even at the ballpark! I can not begin to tell you the joy that fills my heart every time one of “my” kids makes that profession of faith, surrenders to the ministry, leads in worship with the youth group, goes out on a mission trip somewhere and comes home to testify of what God has done, or becomes a teacher in VBS. I always feel like maybe I had just a small part in helping them make those decisions. Maybe something I said in VBS class helped point them in the right direction. Maybe, or maybe not, but the joy is still there. They are “my” kids and I love them. Most of all, I love seeing them follow God’s direction in their life. Recently, I had been thinking that maybe it was time to take a break from VBS, but this week, as I have prepared the lessons and taught my class, I realized again just how much I love it. I know I’ve heard and told the stories time and time again, but every time I read them and prepare to teach them, I learn something new. Isn’t that just the most wonderful thing about God? The more we read and learn, the more we realize how much more there is to learn! I am so thankful to be a part of such an important ministry in our church. Please continue to pray for all the kids, youth, and adults involved in VBS this week. We are planting seeds. Pray that God will help them to grow.