Things I learned at Vacation Bible School.

Jesus Rescues – It was, after all, the theme of the week. And it’s a lesson I’ve learned before.  But, it’s a lesson I need to learn again (and again!).  I know that I need to be rescued.  There is so much sin and garbage in my heart. I don’t feel real good about my abilities some days.  There are a lot of overwhelming days, circumstances and situations.  I know I need to be rescued.  But – I don’t often turn to God first to rescue me.  I turn to Christa. I turn to my own ability.  I turn to my goofiness.  I turn to anger or vented frustration.  I turn to despair.  And somewhere in all those other turnings, I remember me: Jesus rose from the dead.  He’s got enough power and ability to handle this. To rescue me.  He’s got what it takes!  This is amazingly good news. And refreshing.  Jesus rescues.

Sharing! – On day one: we left one kid out – we wanted to emphasize that it doesn’t feel good when we are left out and alone.  We need to be rescued.  Much to my surprise, the rest of the group seemed to care more than the one kid that got left out.  Mom’s, kids, other helpers all offered to give up their cookie to the one that got left out.  How awesome is that?! They wanted to share what were given to help someone that got left out.  Hmmmm – convicted.  Why is it, that in my old age (hey, I’m 36 now),  I’ve become more concerned with what I’ve got and with what I don’t have.  And – I’m less concerned with helping others that have need.  This was awesome to watch. And challenging to my heart.

When you’re worried! – I can’t even type it or mimic it the way that Simon does it – but for some reason day 2 caught my three year old’s heart.  He (kind of randomly) will run around the house and shout “When you worry. Jesus Rescue!!!”  It’s a consistent (and cute) reminder to let go of my worries and focus on the one thing that matters: Jesus.

JOY – Day four filled my heart with joy.  We placed our sins on the cross.  We proclaimed the truth that he died to rescue us from our sin.  We celebrated that his death washes us clean.  Washes all our sins away.  We rejoiced that his death wasn’t the end of the story.  He rose again!  REJOICE! Christ is risen!

Underestimate – I think sometimes I underestimate how amazing the next generation is.  I underestimate their love of Jesus.  I underestimate how much they are capable of!  They jump right in when we try to “clean the house and get ready for Jesus.” They remember a small detail from yesterday.  They care about each other.  They have great ideas when you are trying to escape from the “mean, Roman soldiers.”  They are pretty awesome and I’m thankful for the opportunity to pour into them!

These are just the things that I learned. What have you learned lately?  About God? About the next generation? About yourself?  Share your answer with a friend!

These are just the things that I learned. What have you learned lately?  About God? About the next generation? About yourself?  Share your answer with a friend!