Let me begin with how honored I am to be a part of this amazing group of Leaders! I thought I would start with what motivated (and continues to motivate) me to grow children’s faith in Jesus Christ.
As a child, I remember wanting what my mom had. The problem? I wasn’t sure what IT was or HOW to get it. I may be dating myself, but all I wanted in life was to look like Farrah Fawcett! I couldn’t understand how my mother could be so joyful without achieving the same goal. She was not what you would characterize as beautiful, but ALWAYS had a smile on her face. In my entire life I NEVER heard her say a mean word about anyone (and that’s the honest truth!).
Many years after my mother passed away, I finally figured out what IT was – Her personal relationship with Jesus Christ! I’ve been on a mission ever since to achieve the same for myself and to share the tools that work for me with all the children, tweens and teens that I come in contact with. I don’t TELL them what to do or what Spiritual Discipline will work for them. However, I do explain WHO provides the joy in life, and I encourage them to cultivate a daily relationship with Him (as that’s what sustains it). I also explain that there is no short cut to developing this amazing relationship -and that it takes time to cultivate, just like earthly friendships. I remind them over and over to spend time with Him every day, and explain that I don’t know HOW it works – but just that it DOES!