Posted by: Walk.Build.Proclaim | June 26, 2013

Faith Filled Kids

Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19.14 . 

I try really hard to not use this blog as a platform to share how great my kids are. This one time I feel like I need to, as they were true examples of Walking.Building & Proclaiming last week. Sometimes we need to take a step back from our adult world and learn lessons from our kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, any kids we know.

My kids are 11, going to be 12 in just about two month’s time. This was the first summer that they were old enough to be volunteers for a Vacation Bible School program. They were sooo excited to take on this role of leadership and being a role model of faith to the younger participants. They had no fear of singing, dancing, playing games, getting involved in the stories that were told each day. It was inspiring to watch from a distance.

Vacation Bible School is really just the tip of the iceburg. Both my kids have volunteered to be an Usher and an Altar Server, of their own accord, absolutely zero pushing from either parent. They LOVE helping during Mass.  As I watched both my kids jump out of the van when we got to church on Saturday evening to see if they were needed to Usher or serve at the Altar,  I thought to myself how many adults are that excited to serve and share their faith? When do we loose that sense of inhibition?

This week there are other “kids” on my mind as well, as the parish we belong to sent a group of kids off Maryland for a Mission Trip, a friend of mine from a different parish also left for a mission trip with a group of teenagers. There will be thousands of kids from all over the country coming together all summer at a variety of locations to help paint homes, build wheel chair ramps, serve at meal programs and provide kids with vacation bible school type experiences. These kids are Walking. Building. Proclaiming with great enthusiasm. They are changing the lives of the people in communities that they are serving in, and they are changing their own lives as well.

Jesus knew that we (adults) had much to learn from children of all ages. That is why we hear him say “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19.14 . 

What can you learn from the children in your life? How do they share their faith with you on a daily basis? If you know someone going on a mission trip this summer, take some time to really sit down and listen to their stories of service, listen to how they Walked, Built and Proclaimed in whatever community they were serving in.

Today’s Prayer is a prayer that my 11-year old daughter wrote and asked me to use during this 30-day challenge.

Prayer: Let’s walk together. Now is the time to build to Build. Let us Proclaim together. 

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