When my son was four, for a short time he had a strange skin condition. During a trip to the doctor, it was determined that it was something relatively minor and common, called “molluscum contagiosum”. Common problem, but not a common name. And to be honest, I don’t remember the doctor saying the name of it more than once.
A few days later, I was trying to tell my mother-in-law what Max had, but couldn’t remember the name of it to save my life. When Max realized that I didn’t know the name of it, he piped up with “MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM”. A complicated name that he had heard only once had soaked into his brain like water in a sponge.
It illustrates why being involved in Kids Ministry matters so much. You have a message to deliver, and if you are able to connect with your young audience and communicate your message effectively, your words will sink into their hearts and minds. You literally have the chance to communicate a thought, concept or idea, and it will become part of who they are. When we speak to adults, a thought, concept, or idea has to be shocking in it’s novelty in order for it to stick, because in an adult brain, the neural pathways are not malleable. Not so with children. Connections are easily made in the brain and what they hear easily becomes part of who they are.
And that is why being a Kid’s Pastor and volunteer is a sacred job. You have the power to shape young lives. Kid’s Ministry done poorly or improperly is, at best, a wasted opportunity. At worst, it can be a destructive force. Don’t believe me? Think of a time in your childhood when someone insulted you? I bet you can still remember the exact words, and probably even feel the emotions again. Kids remember, for better or for worse.
I hope that when you have an opportunity to connect with the kids in your ministry, you remember that it is a sacred opportunity. It’s a calling that is worthy of your best effort. What you say today can impact another person for the rest of their lives.
Go get ’em!