As summer approaches, I wonder how Vacation Bible School will look this year. Most churches don’t have it anymore. Yet, VBS was such a staple in my youth.
In fact, I was saved, during Vacation Bible School, in 1988. Looking back over my Christian upbringing, I salute my Christian educators and their obedience, to God, to teach me. Most of all, I am grateful I had the experience of starting out in Christ at a young age.
Without it, who knows how my life would have looked? There have been ups and downs and still are, but I am glad that I had my faith to lean on through everything. It all started with my parents teaching me about Jesus, leading by example, and them taking me to Sunday School.
As an extension, we had “children’s church” and Vacation Bible School or VBS. Because daddy was Superintendent and a Deacon, I and my brother had to be there anyway. Sunday School or VBS, we were there early, helping to set up, and we were often the last to leave.
However, I am glad that my parents had the wisdom to show us the way when we didn’t know better. Now, I can say that I know Christ for myself and have my own relationship with Him! Without my parents’ obedience and discipling of me, I would have missed out on some amazing ministry opportunities as a youth.
For example, I taught the Primary Sunday School class in my home church. When I was 17, the pastor’s wife asked me to take up the charge. At first, I hesitated but was obedient and did so until I was 26 years old. Interestingly, my dad never asked me to do it.
Although he was a leader in the church and encouraged us to get involved, he never told us what ministry to be a part of. If I had asked to teach, I am sure dad would have been glad about it. Still, because the pastor’s wife served over the youth ministry, God allowed her to see teaching as something that I could and should do. Sure enough, I went on to teach adults and am still teaching others today.
In closing, this is my point. It is so important to mentor the youth in the Lord. Even if you are not their parent, it is possible for God to show you a child’s potential, so you can “call it out” in them. This simply means telling them what God has gifted them to do. What an honor and a privilege it is to have a part in a child learning and growing in the Lord!
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord: and great shall be the peace of thy children.”Isaiah 54:13
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”Ephesians 6:4