Most parents and churches dread to talk to kids about … money. But our silence will cost us in the long run. Whether they like it or not, our children will have a life-long relationship with money. If we don't train them to love God, to work hard, to make money, to master money, and to use money for the glory of God and the good of people, we'll have a generation of Christians drowning in debt and consumerism, unable to make any profound difference in their world.
As children’s leaders and ministers, we long for the children in our care to “delight in Him”; to genuinely enjoy the God who made them, saved them and walks with them. And yet too often this ends up last on our list, almost like an afterthought–we’ll get around to if we have time, like tidying out our supply closets!
Like a blood-thirsty tick, discouragement buries its fangs in your soul, and it doesn’t let go until you’re dry and empty. It comes to put out your fire, obscure your vision, dampen your passion, and drain your energy. Its ultimate goal is to stop you dead in your tracks and cause you to give up on your calling.