Often we hear exciting stories from other leaders and think, “Wow! That’s amazing.  I wonder why that not happening in my group.”   Sometimes we show up week  in and week out and our kids show up week in and week out and that appears to be all that’s happening.   It’s like those early morning drives when fog has settled in, you moving ahead slowly, following a familiar route, yet seeing none of the beauty of the drive that makes the journey fun for the day.

Sometimes, we just have to look at the facts.  Back in the day, uhmm, well before my day I’m sure, there was a television show called Dragnet that involved a cop named Friday.  He would gather statements from witnesses about the crime that had been committed. He’s famous line was, “just the facts, ma’am.”  He knew that along with facts, people also would give random observations based on their emotions and their personal evaluation of the situation.

If you have a day, week or month that you feel your ministry is foggy, if you know you are traveling down a proven route, but not seeing the fruit along the way, remember this;

Facts are facts.

So even if you don t have a sweet story this week.  Even if you don’t get a hand-made card or a bouquet of flowers, here are some facts from BabyCenter about the little ones that you are pouring into this week:

  1. By age 1, a child understands about 70 words but say only few of them.

**They may not be reciting Bible words back to you but they are learning!

  1. By age 2, a toddler’s vocabulary averages a new word every 2 hours they are awake.

**You help some of those words be faith words!

  1. At age 2, your toddler’s brain will have over 100 trillion synapses, the connections between brain cells, which is the most a person ever has in their life.  This is the reason preschoolers have such a huge potential to learn.

**You are connecting their minds to the Father who loves them!

  1. By the time a preschooler is 6, he will understand about 13,000 words, though he still will not say many of them.

**The potential you have to influence a preschooler’s faith is unmeasurable!

The fact is that despite the sometimes lack of evidence that the words you say are connecting, the nature of a preschooler is to absorb, and that is exactly what they are doing with you every week.  They are absorbing your words.  They are absorbing your actions.  But most important of all, they are absorbing your love.  And as they develop over the next couple of years, you will be able to start hearing what they have been learning come back to you.

And that’s a fact!

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Barbara Graves

Barbara loves God, children's ministry, coffee, the Braves, and her granddaughter Eden-Grace. She's been in ministry for over 30 years and wishes she didn't have to sleep so she could write, teach, and read a little more.

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