So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep. (John 21:15-17)
I have had two occasions this week where I have felt incredibly blessed by the work that I do. This past Friday, our daycare had its graduation ceremony. I was privileged to be able to offer the welcome and opening prayer. Watching these children, some of whom I had been teaching in our Tuesday chapel time since I started here at Becks, graduate and hold up their diplomas…well that put a smile on my face that nothing could wipe off. Then this past Sunday evening, I was invited to give the opening prayer and closing blessings for our Girl’s in Action. As I watched the father’s walk their daughter’s down the aisle, I could envision myself doing the same thing in six to seven years.
But the Scripture verse above reminds me of the incredible importance of these groups. In both of these examples, this is a wonderful opportunity Jesus has given myself and the others children’s workers/volunteers to feed, tend, and shepherd the littlest lambs in His flock. Though they are adorable, it is far more than cute kid time. We are modeling for our kids our values. Church is important to us. Church is so important we model it through our service and dedication to its ministries. Our kids see this, learn to place a high value upon it, and will grow to do the same. If we treat it as just another chore to check off our list, our kids will treat it the same and likely walk away once they are free to do so.
This is why feeding, shepherding, and tending our most impressionable ones is so important. Seeing the joy in their face as they recite their Bible verses or recount how they shared Christ’s love and message with others is so uplifting. The lambs…they are growing up. True, lambs are going to grow up anyway. But seeing them hear and respond to the call of Jesus, the Good Shepherd …that is priceless. Thank you again to all our families and volunteers for all the work you do with the children. I love and appreciate you all so much.