Lessons from car seat installation

I was installing my new son’s car seat for what seemed like the hundredth time this week when the thought occurred to me: I do this all the time. It’s a pain, but I’m going to keep doing it. After all, there is something greater at stake: his life.

Meanwhile, my wife and I are thinking about signing our daughter up for a dance class. She’s a natural, and she will enjoy every moment. Starting the a family bus service won’t be easy, but we’ll make the necessary adjustments. Something greater is at stake: our daughter’s passion and need for movement and drama in her life.

We take our kids to church and our monthly family production. But if it’s not convenient, the kids are cranky, or we have some other excuse, we’ll keep them home. But isn’t something so much greater at stake?

Parents who follow Jesus will sacrifice everything for dance and sports and safety (that one is obvious, but go with me), yet when it comes to our kids’ faith formation we often sacrifice little to make those spiritual moments happen.

Something huge is at stake here. Reggie Joiner says, “One hundred years from now the only thing that will matter is a person’s relationship with Jesus Christ.”

If that is true—and I believe it is—it might be time for all of us to change our priorities.

thumbscottWelcome Dan Scott as a contributor to the Orange Leaders blog! Dan is the Children’s Ministry Creative Director at Ada Bible Church in Ada, Michigan.