I love CVC in Action and all the things we accomplished in one day. Kids and adults partnered during class to put together bags of love for the homeless, for kids at ACH, for people in a nursing home, for kids in need at Don Roberts Elementary, and for local firemen and mail carriers. That’s a lot for just a little amount of time. But what has me really excited is not ultimately what we accomplished in one day. It’s that new seeds of faith and love have been planted in the hearts and minds of the young and old alike.
I like how The Message puts this well-known verse from Proverbs 22:6: Point your kids in the right direction–when they’re old they won’t be lost.
Parents today spend a lot of time and energy making sure our kids are pointed in a good direction physically, mentally, and emotionally. We spend a lot of time making sure our kids are pointed in a good direction academically. We work to put them in the best schools we can. We help with homework until their math skills exceed ours. We pay for tutors when needed. We spend a lot of time, money, and energy trying to make sure our kids are pointed in a good direction with all kinds of extra curricular activities. We pay lots of money for leagues and lessons. We turn ourselves into Uber drivers, chauffeuring them to tournaments, practices, and performances.
All of that is good and has its place. But days like CVC in Action remind us that we don’t want to neglect their spiritual development, their character development, their faith development. And my hope is that we do not think of these things as just one more category in the list. My prayer is that these ways of God, these values of compassion, love, sharing in the name of Jesus will be sprinkled throughout all the other endeavors we do, planted like seeds in every corner of our lives and our kids’ lives so that the goodness of God would grow and bloom in all we do.