This year, I was asked to teach a religion class for some small children. I accepted the offer, with enthusiasm.
Having many years of experience in teaching made the transition comfortable for me. Some parents were even excited as they felt I was aboard the ship again. I kept saying, “Only for a year,” and then I’d smile.
One thing I was always taught was, effective teaching begins with love. Ministering is not about a children’s done-up classroom or a demanding schedule. It’s about loving and pointing the children to Jesus.
In all the years of teaching that I have done, I have never given up on a child for any reason. I have, however, gone beyond the call of duty to use methods that I have learned, and found them successful with every child’s individual needs.
To make it a little adventurous, I always viewed my classroom as a garden with flowers in it, the children being the flowers, and my job was to make them grow and open them up to become beautiful flowers. You start with loving, watering them, and they begin to grow.
You then feed, interact respectfully, nourish them in a direct, clear way, for them to understand, at their age level. They will, in return, absorb and retain God’s Word from your teachings.
Religion should be an important process for any child because, they’ll learn about Jesus, about God’s Word, and the Bible. It’s where they’ll remember having fun, where they were accepted, where they exercised their mind, where they freely spoke, made good friends, and most often, where best friendships started. It’s where they remember they were loved, cared for, and prayed for. It’s where their faith began to sprout.
In fact, a large part of what some of these Christian children will become tomorrow, will be contributed back to the Christ-centered environment they were involved.
It reminds me of the Bible story about a little boy named Jonathan. He and his sister, Sarah, wanted to see Jesus and ask him a question. Many other children wanted to do the same thing. The disciples told Jonathan and the other children, not too disturb Jesus because he was to busy, that they should come back another day.
But Jesus said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Do not hinder them. The kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” And he laid his hands on their heads before he left that place. Matthew 19: 13-15.
Jesus then sat on a rock, gently put Jonathan on his knee and all the other children slowly gathered around to listen to him. Jesus assured the little children that he loved them and at any time, they could freely come to him, for he would listen to them.
We should remember that we should live every day centered around a God who is a priority of our well-being. That every step we take should always involve him, in our daily walk in life.