by Nick McMichael, Youth Director
In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” It is so easy to forget how readily children pick up on the world around them. Their brains are like sponges that soak up everything they take in. When we grow up, that ability to learn so quickly begins to slip away from us, and it is easy to forget that every action we do is teaching our children something. As adults in the church we have a responsibility to our children’s development through their life. Whether or not we are directly working with the children’s ministries, the children are always learning from our actions. It makes me stop and think about how I behave. What am I teaching our kids about church and God through my attitude and behavior? Do I seem excited to be in church on Sunday morning? Am I showing them God is the number one priority in my life, or am I putting other things first? Because the truth is, whether or not we realize it, our attitudes and behaviors about church deeply affect our children.
I am proud to have worked with seventh graders, Sarah Beth Burgess, Madeline Faust, Jack Mallek and Hannah Whitlock, who reaffirmed their baptism and joined the church as professing members last month. They have shown me that they are completely capable of wrestling with difficult questions about life and God, and that they are able to come out on the other side of those questions with new-found knowledge and a growing faith. It is up to all of the rest of us to welcome them into this body of Christ of which we claim to be a part. It is up to everyone to always work with one another to return to the good poeple God created us to be. Trinity UMC now has four new members of the body of Christ to join in that work. They have it in them to push this community forward. We must ensure the drive within them is properly nurtured. It has been a blessing to serve them in this short time that we have worked together.