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Motivating Children To Share God With Their Friends

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Well, I am back from summer camp! It was an amazing time. It was great to have a group of amazing volunteers who made it happen and created a safe, loving, and dynamic atmosphere for kids to encounter God.

I had the privilege, this year, of having a volunteer who directed the camp instead of me. My responsibility was to be the chapel speaker. The last chapel I did was talk about the power God gives us to tell others about who he is. i shared the story of Pentecost.

As I was getting the material ready, I got to the part about why the kids might not talk about God to their friends. I was going to default and talk about how scary it can be for a kids and how other kids might make fun of him or her. Something stopped me… I started thinking about my kids and all of the kids I know. NONE of them have fear as their motivation to not talk to their friends about God. In fact, they would do it if they thought about it… That’s when it hit me: kids don’t tell their friends about God not because they are scared of being made fun of, but because they just don’t think of doing it. Telling their friends about God isn’t near the top of their priority list.

I, then, realized that all these years I’ve been pointing to the wrong reasons for kids not telling their friends about God. So, this time I stressed how important God thinks it is for humans to tell other humans about God. He gives us his amazing power… the same power used to create the universe out of nothing, the same power that can change us for the better, the same power that beat death… to tell people about who he is. And that is illustrated in the story of Pentecost.

Rather than call the kids scaredy cats and expect them to see the errors of their ways and start telling friends left and right about God, I invited them to be a part of something more powerful and more exciting.

What do you think? Where do you tend to default to what you hear in evangelical culture rather than thinking through long-held assumptions?

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