Today’s the first day of school in lots of WV. I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of pictures on Facebook of kids and young people dressed and on their way to school today. And in school they will learn about math and science and grammar. Some of them will participate in sports, cheerleading, band, choir, and other extra curricular events. Parents and grandparents will make sure kids are always at practice, will make special trips to go pick them up. Parents, grandparents, family, and friends will also go to watch them participate. The kids know that what they’re doing is important by the way we treat it.
Depending upon their age, they will (or will eventually) also learn other things. They will learn about peer pressure, sex, abuse, drugs, pornography, drinking alcohol, meth, bath salts, and more. They’re going to listen to someone when it comes time to make decisions about these things.
We at Wesley Chapel in Short Gap want to have a positive influence on your kids and grandkids. We want to tell them how much God loves them and how precious they are to Jesus. I know the local churches want the same – to have a positive influence on your kids and grandkids and to tell them of the love of Jesus. You have to make it a priority to get them to church. And you need to go, too. They need to see Jesus is just as important as school and more important then the extracurricular activities.
We have a lady in our church the kids call Miss Jean. She takes the young kids during the sermon on Sunday mornings at 11:00 church and has church with them in their own area. She is a another voice pulling at kids. Hers is a voice pulling them in the right direction. It doesn’t guarantee anything if you bring kids to church or if you come to church. They will all make their own decisions down the road. But they stand a better chance when they hear words of love and encouragement in their formative years. As the 2014-2015 school year begins, will you make church a priority in your family? In 20 years the seeds that were planted in church will make all the difference.