Thursday, May 21, 2009

Conquering Our Own Goliaths

Our Christian Kids Club has been playing sports with high school student-athletes and learning about Samuel & David this spring. "Spring sports camp" is always a lot of fun because I get to see high school kids break out of their "cool zone" and work with our younger kids in the club. We played volleyball, basketball, baseball, and football. Having connections to the high school football coach our club kids were able to experience many different aspects of the game through five stations:




...and weight lifting.

The boys were pretty thrilled to try on the pads and helmet!

Yesterday our sport was "walking". We walked three miles around town to raise money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. One of our club members was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January, and it is a disease that affects so many of our friends & family members. Our club goal--with only twelve members ages 5-10--was to raise $300. I thought that was a pretty big goal for these young kids.

But God is bigger than any goal that I may set. Like the Bible stories we studied this spring, He is bigger than any dream or prayer. Like Samuel, the boy who was born after years of prayer by a "barren" woman named Hannah. She promised God she would dedicate her son (if she were ever to conceive) to God, and she did. Samuel lived with Eli in the temple and, even though he was very young, he heard God speaking directly to him. Samuel went on to become a great prophet for God's people. Then there was David, whose slaying of Goliath is one of the most famous Sunday School stories of all time. God worked through this shepherd boy to show his people--and the enemies--that God is God. It only took one stone in David's slingshot and a complete trust in his Lord. One sling, one prayer--huge implications. The defeat of the entire Philistine army and the reassurance that God is in control!
So we walked on a beautiful day, albeit a windy one, and things were going great until we got to the final mile of our journey--all uphill. The picture doesn't do the slope justice.

It was a bit challenging for the kids, but they were up to the task. Two little girlies came along for the ride!

It was my prayer that the kids in club would learn a few little life metaphors along the way. Stuff like "life isn't always easy", "having diabetes is not fun, either", and "even one young person can make a positive difference for Christ."

Needless to say, the club goal was met. And surpassed. $571.36 later, I think it's safe to say that we knocked Goliath over yesterday. He might get back up again, but with faith and effort we'll knock him back over again!

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.--1 Samuel 16:7


Blogger Astrid said...

The walk was lots of fun and I was impressed with all the kids (especially the littler ones) that managed to walk the entire way. It was for a great cause too!

May 22, 2009 at 4:02 AM  

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