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Did you ever have something small or seemingly insignificant impact you in a big way? That happened to me not so long ago when I got a postcard in the mail from Lifeway. Just an ordinary piece of mail that I almost threw away but instead, it has come to mean a lot to me and is on my desk at work. It says, “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work!”. The author of this statement is unknown but I am grateful to them nonetheless.
As a working mom, or even just as a human being in general, I get distracted. Sometimes very easily! I am worried about making sure the attendance is filled out correctly at work or dinner is ready right at 6 p.m. every evening. Is that the important work though? Are those the things that are going to make a difference in someone’s life? Sometimes you never know how what you say or do will impact someone. Every moment counts, especially in the life of a little one!
Several months ago, my son went to Sunday School with Mrs. Jane and Mr. Steven, who teach every other week in the Preschool Department. They had a very simple lesson in class and afterward, Jane had the kids telling each other that Jesus loves them. It was adorable and when I saw it, I couldn’t help but appreciate it. Little did I know how it would come back around and mean the world to me. This one simple phrase, “Jesus loves you”- from a three-year-old, can take on such meaning.
The first way this came back in my life was several weeks later. I was just having a BAD day!!! All the moms out there will get this one. Nothing specific, but it was a struggle and there may have been some tears on my part. Once my son saw the water flowing from my eyes, he walked over and hugged me and said, “Jesus loves you.” WOW! I had no words but I was instantly better. Then I realized that I am a grown woman and my three-year-old had just schooled me with such a basic principle. (Insert head smack emoticon here.)
The second way this came back was when one afternoon I was approached by my son’s teacher. A little boy was upset during play time and my son had gone over and hugged him and said, “Jesus loves you.” My initial reaction was pure joy and elation that my three-year-old was essentially sharing the Gospel with someone who may not have heard it before. It felt like such a win as a Christian mom, but truthfully I can’t take credit for it.
That situation brought everything full circle for me. That one Sunday School teacher, that one morning, has no idea the way that she impacted me and my life. She has no idea how grateful I am to her for sharing that with my son. I may be reading him Bible stories and praying with him at night, but her single simple phrase is what he remembers. For that hour and a half, she treated him like the "important work". She wasn’t distracted, but happy to be there and excited to teach these little ones while not knowing if they understood or would actually remember that lesson.
I have always believed that the Preschool Ministry is more than just Goldfish and juice, but after seeing it first hand in my own child, I know it’s more than that. Each teacher or helper, whether it is once a month, or every week has a direct hand in the development of these children. They are shaping the lives of the next generation of Christians. It may seem small and only for a short time, but it is a big job. Perhaps one of the most important in the world we live in today!! They are doing the most important work!
"Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them. For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14b
P.S. We could always use MORE teachers and helpers in the Preschool Department!! :)