Learning How to Know God More

praying preschooler

“He called a little child to him and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’” (Matt. 18:2–5 NIV1).

The longer I work with preschoolers and children, the more I realize their benefit to me in knowing God more. I often think about all the things I need to teach them to help them follow Christ when, in fact, they are teaching me! Certain things I notice about preschoolers remind me of the example of Christ.

Preschoolers are friendly. One day I saw a preschooler at the grocery store smile and wave to an older gentleman who didn’t even look his way. This did not seem to bother the preschooler in the least! I find it so much easier to start a conversation with a child, even if I don’t know him. Preschoolers are friendly and welcoming, as Christ was and continues to be.

Preschoolers are joyful! I’ve watched preschoolers, knowing they had a difficult situation at home, get so excited playing a game. Preschoolers live in the moment. They don’t let their problems interfere with joy.

Preschoolers are forgiving. I noticed this most when I taught school. I had to correct students often, and sometimes without much grace. Most had forgiven me before the day was over.

Preschoolers serve with a pure heart. I love to watch preschoolers and children serve at a food pantry or visit a nursing home. Their focus is on the work and the people, not on themselves.

Children are naturally compassionate. One night at Girls in Action, a first grader asked for prayer for the homeless. The same night another first grader asked for prayer for all the older ladies. (Not sure if she meant me or not!)

Preschoolers are trusting. How many times have we seen a young child at the swimming pool jump into Grandpa’s arms or giggle as they were thrown into the air by Dad? I long to have that much trust in my Heavenly Father!

It is a privilege and a blessing to serve preschoolers. I hope you will take time to notice the characteristics of Christ in those you teach. May God bless you as you seek to know Him more by teaching preschoolers.

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1. Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 2011 by Biblica, Inc.TM Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

By Stacy Nall, Preschool and Children’s consultant for Kentucky WMU

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