First, let me say on the front end that my entire adult life has been devoted to caring for children. My day job is school nursing and I love to be around children. Second, as a Lay Speaker, I am (relatively) fearless and unafraid, prayed up and prepared.
Why then am I so afraid of the children’s message- the longest stretch of unscripted and unpredictable time in front of a congregation?
Is it a fear that the children will say random things that have nothing to do with the topic?
Is it because I’m pretty sure children don’t understand object lessons, even though entire libraries and websites have been devoted to comparing deep things of faith to objects you can find at Target?
Am I afraid because sometimes the children know more than I do?
Wherever the fear comes from, it is real.
This past month I volunteered to share the children’s message at my church five weeks in a row (yes, I counted). I had a theme, some bullet points and sweet children.
Here’s how it went: