Our Eyes Are on the Prize

June 13th 2016 No comments yet  

VBS 2016For me, attending Vacation Bible School every year was one of the most fun things about being a Christian kid. (Other things on that list include watching Veggie Tales and performing in Christmas pageants, in case you’re wondering.) Though it’s been more than a decade since I’ve attended VBS myself, I have always seen this event from kids’ eyes—dazzled by the creative themes, craft times, songs, and interactive storytelling.

When I think of VBS, I think of the nonstop fun and learning. I think of the early seeds of my faith. I think of the snacks, of course. But what I haven’t thought much about is all of the time and preparation it takes on the part of church staff and volunteers to put VBS together—the sweat behind the success. Maybe that’s part of being a grownup; you begin to see all the work behind the magic you grew up with.

Working at Stonebriar during VBS prep has opened my eyes to this reality. If you have visited Stonebriar during VBS week before, you know how elaborately this place is decorated. If you have volunteered with us before, then you know how thoroughly each day’s activities are planned, how each Bible story is thoroughly explained to the children, and how even every game is created with purpose. I cannot imagine the hours our Children’s Ministry team and other Stonebriar folks have poured into crafting this week-long experience for kids.

Though I miss some of my early innocence—the days when I thought things like VBS were dropped straight out of Heaven—it is a new joy to see the heart and purpose behind events like this. I loved reading in the volunteer handbook about how each lesson ties into the greater theme of running the race with perseverance. I loved reading the lyrics to the songs to which little voices will sing and shout the Good News. And I especially loved being part of producing the Gospel handout that children will be given, which includes a prayer that they can say to receive Christ as their Savior.

What I want you to know is this: children who attend Stonebriar VBS will be led by people who give their absolute best to everyone who walks through our doors. I can already tell how much our staff and volunteers care about these kids, and the event hasn’t even started yet! They have prayed and followed Christ’s lead in this planning. They know the work it takes to captivate kids’ attention, and they are willing to do it because they have their eyes on the Prize: Jesus’s saving grace for all who believe in Him, no matter how big or small.

“…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 b, NIV

Learn more about Stonebriar Vacation Bible School and other summer events for kids and families on our website.

Written by Patricia Krecklow, Staff Editor and Writer


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