Congratulations to all the Boston Red Sox fans for winning the World Series this year. I’ve been a LA Dodger fan (and a baseball fan) since I was five years old, so it was sad for me to see them lose again. Someone asked me how I became a Dodger fan at such a young age. I told them about how I listened to baseball games on the Armed Forces Radio Network when we lived in Spain (my parents were missionaries). I remember how my dad and his friend, who was also a missionary, got together to listen to the 1963 World Series. That year the Dodgers swept the Yankees in four games and Sandy Koufax was the MVP and the best pitcher in baseball. As a youngster, I got caught up in the excitement of the big sporting event and became a fan for life.
Now that I think about it, isn’t that supposed to happen in church too? When our kids sense our enthusiasm and passion for Jesus and the church, they will “lean in” and become fans until the Holy Spirit calls, and they choose to become followers of Christ themselves. We must set a great example for them and always strive to be authentic worshippers.
It’s fascinating to me that kids can learn so much at a young age. This semester in CMA, I’ve challenged all the 1st-5th graders to memorize Psalm 100, and several already know it by heart. I pray that they will become life-long fans of God’s Word and life-long worshippers of God as they learn songs that exalt the name of Jesus! Let’s cheer them on and point them to Jesus in everything we do, say, and sing.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5