When a baby is born, he is not developmentally ready to walk. One day, he reaches an age where he is, except that he is not, because he is never done it before. He is ready developmentally, but not experientially.
This is when we encourage the baby. We hold his hands and walk with him, up and down the hallway countless times. One day, he scoots over to a coffee table on his own volition. He slowly stands, with pudgy fingers cling tightly to the table, struggling to find balance. Eventually after a few wobbly moments, he let go. He takes a few tentative steps and falls.
Now, think about what we do when he falls. Do we shake our heads disapprovingly and say, “What is wrong with you! Why are you acting like that?” Do we rescue him and insist that he should never try walking again with our help? No. Of course not.
We celebrate the steps forward with claps and encouraging words. We celebrate that he is slowly becoming a child who can walk on his own and. This baby, who was once unable to walk, is now ready (developmentally not experientially). We celebrate his experiments. We celebrate his efforts and his risk-taking. We encourage these things because we know he needs these experiences to eventually stopped falling and start walking with confidence.
Preteens, much like toddlers, are developmentally ready to use new functions but they don’t have the experience to know how to use these functions well. Many of us find it harder to respond with claps and encouraging words to preteens as they take risks because they aren’t just taking stumbling steps and falling on the carpet.
In Matthew 18:1-4, the disciples ask Jesus about who would be the greatest in heaven. Jesus answered by calling a child not much older than an infant. He presented the child to the disciples and told them,
What did Jesus mean by “become like children”? The years I spent working as a preschool chaplain taught me ways of seeking the Father that I often forget as an adult.
The word “worship” has almost become a cliché in our time and day. Whenever we hear someone says, “Let’s come to a time of worship…” or “I want them to start with worship.”, more often that not we think about a church service or a corporate singing experience. Others may also be hoping for an emotional experience during the song service. Depending on who you talk to, the word “worship” can mean many things.
I hope you have had a blessed break over the long weekend. Did you manage to view the fireworks? This year, the spectacle of lights had been brought out to the heartlands. I am pretty sure your Sunday night was brightly lighted up.
As I watched the wonderful fireworks go off, it reminded me of the verses in Matthew 5:15-16.
I’ve shared on Rachel Hollis on my blog previously. Rachel is a #GirlBoss who I admire greatly because she boldly dreams for others to live a better life by sharing the messiness of her own ambitions. To say she has has amassed a huge online fan base is an understatement.
Since we are celebrating International Women’s Day today, I pondered on the campaign theme #BalanceforBetter and these things that naturally follow. How can we help to forge a more gender-balanced world? Do we celebrate women’s achievement? But more than that, should we raise awareness against bias, especially in church?
Today (6 March 2019) marks the start of Lent, and we celebrate Ash Wednesday. It is not a biblical requirement, but this tradition has been honoured by Christians for well over ten centuries, falling at the beginning of Lent, a six-week season of preparation for Easter.
Lent is a season of forty (40) days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” This year (2019), we begin Lent on 6 March.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lunar New Year is the most important festival on the Asian calendar. The festival begins on the first new moon of the Chinese lunar calendar, and lasts from several days up to two weeks. Today (19 February 2019) is the 15th day of Lunar New Year, marking the last day of celebrations worldwide.
What’s the greatest gift a loved one could give you?
Flowers, an engagement ring, a day at the spa?
Perhaps loving words that convey how much you mean to them…
Whether you’re single or happily in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, you have access to a wide collection of love letters… right at your fingertips. We find them in God’s Word. They range from powerful proclamations to ornate poetry, declarations of true friendship, passionate songs, and earnest tough-love letters.