**Originally in 2010 I completed an epic quest to write an A-Z of Children’s ministry, Now because of the epic fail detailed on an earlier blog post I am reposting an updated 2018 version!
O… Omnipotent, obdiplostemonous, obtuse, ordinary, orb…
O is for Obedience – Okay. When you hear that word, don’t think straight away about little Johnny on Sunday morning squirming around distracting others. Rather think about the life of a legend of faith reaching the end of his or her life on earth having run the race and finished strongly!
That is the motivation for obedience.
The older I get, the more I wish I was obedient to what I believed God was saying to me. I am glad for the big decisions of obedience like moving to Australia to go to bible college and giving that offering with my wife in 2003 that led to incredible miracles back then and today. But I wonder what I missed, IF I missed anything?
Obviously because of God’s grace there is no point dwelling on what might have been except for the reminder that I don’t want to miss out in the future.
SPOILER ALERT (kind of)
In the recent remake of The Karate Kid, there is a large portion of the training that involves the student trusting the master and performing the basic task of taking off and putting on a jacket. Our Kung Fu master is trying to teach many lessons here but the one that stuck out for me is one of obedience.
In order for our hero to reach his goal he needed to simply obey and trust that it would bring him closer to the desire of his heart.
Help your kids see that obedience is important by imparting:
1.Faith – trusting in God no matter what, and…
2. Gratitude – a heart that is thankful to God for everything in their lives. Help them see the reason ‘WHY’ to obey… then we will see a generation who live radical risk-taking, kindgom-seeking, epic, significant… in short… obedient lives.
After all, that’s what you want in your own life right?