This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “represent.”
This morning I got to do one of my favourite things – visit a class of children and tell them about the Bible.
It was my first lesson with the class, and I always love to see the response. Typically, when I enter the class there is a mixture of reactions. Some children are simply excited to see a visitor and to be doing something a little different. Others are more sceptical, especially when they discover we’re talking about the Bible.
Most children here know very little of the Bible and have no idea what to expect. Others have a vague idea, but they know it’s a book written a long time ago and they expect the lessons to be old-fashioned and boring.
I love to see that change as they actually begin to hear what’s in the Bible, and as they engage practically by dressing up and acting out the stories. It is rewarding to see their enthusiasm grow, and to hear the groans of disappointment when they are told that they have to wait until next week to find out more.
I’m also conscious that it is a massive responsibility. For many children this is their first opportunity to learn about the Bible and consider who God is. We want to represent him well – to represent the stories in the Bible and the message of the Bible faithfully.
At the very least, we want to leave them with a positive impression of Christianity as something they want to continue exploring.
I’m aware that it’s not only our words that matter but also our actions and attitudes. The way we speak to the children and how we treat them has to reflect God’s love for them in order to represent him well.
A huge responsibility, but such a privilege and such a joy!