I shared this note of encouragement with our Kids Branch volunteers, but I think it's a great reminder for all of us.
Mark 6 tells the story of Jesus going to his hometown, and teaching in the synagogue. The people who knew him best -- had known him all his life -- weren't amazed and excited by his teaching, they were offended. They thought they knew Jesus, and defined him by what they had previously seen: he was a carpenter, he was Mary's son, he was the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. They didn't believe he was the Son of God, and so consequently, they didn't have faith that through Jesus, miracles could happen and lives could be changed. Sad.
I can name a list of kids in Kids Branch who frustrate me, or are particularly challenging, or I'm so comfortable with that I don't challenge them to be more than they already are. I define them by how I've previously seen them.
This week, I pray we all show up to Kids Branch -- and all across The Branch -- with an expectant faith that miracles can happen, and lives can be changed. I pray we will see everyone who walks through our doors with new eyes, and help them realize what they are capable of in Jesus.
See you this weekend.
Posted on Fri, October 18, 2013
by Tim Scott filed under