Friday, June 29, 2012

INVEST IN CHILDREN


#7 of 10 ways to reveal your heart of faith when faith feels like little more than a leftover.

Compressed for Twitter:

#7 Invest in children. “Nothing done for children is ever wasted.” Coach. Tutor. Mentor. Volunteer. It's own reward.

Decompressed for context and comments:

It’s nearly impossible to spend time investing in kids—whether through coaching, teaching, mentoring, tutoring, or parenting—and not have your faith in humanity, God and grace restored to some extent.  Children have a way of bringing even the most cynical adult back to basics and clarity.  They help us remain childlike and centered as we mature through life.

There’s something about the mind and actions of a child that are pure and purely fascinating.  They can express not only unbounded energy and confidence in themselves, the world and us, they often express and provoke authentic faith.  They tend to believe first and expect us as adults to believe, too.

Children need good mentors, and not just for development in learning or sports.  Soon enough—too soon—they grapple with gut-wrenching aspects of life.  A coach, teacher or tutor can make the difference between bewilderment and understanding, despair and hope in a child.  Often the things that a child most needs are conveyed not in our direct instruction or guidance, but via our authentically caring and faithful presence.

Unfortunately, we get busy with our own paths and pursuits and neglect theirs. Or, we imagine someone else is caring for the kids in the community.  Don't assume that.  For their sakes, for your own sake and for the sake of the future we all share, carve out some consistent time each week for mentoring children not your own.  You will find, as Garrison Keillor says, “nothing done for children is ever wasted.”


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Read all 10 actions (in Twitter's 140-character format) that can reveal your heart of faith when faith feels like little more than a leftover.

I will continue posting comments on all 10 actions over the next few days.

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