“No, you sit down and I will teach you how to read. Now… repeat after me. A-B-C…”

She was in a room entirely by herself and yet she wasn’t. There was someone else with her. An imaginary friend whom she was determined to teach how to read. She had command of her friend… that’s for sure. You could tell by the sternness in her voice and the determined look on her face. Her friend (imaginary or not) was going to learn the alphabet.

I’d heard her from the next room and peered through the office door window to see who she was bossing around. She abruptly stopped and smiled shyly.

I work with her mother. On this particular day she was running a fever and unable to go to Kindergarten. So I had the privilege of spending time with her in the office.  She’s a treasure of a child. Determined, feisty, and creative. She’s got an imagination 3x her size and she’s not afraid to use it. Sometimes I wonder just how deep the well of her imagination could go.

Have you ever wondered what’s rolling around in the minds of your few?

Observing kids can be an entertaining past time. Watching them as they interact with peers, parents or their own imagination I find irresistibly fascinating.

Consider this for a moment… There is a dialogue constantly running through the mind of a child impacting the way they think about themselves and the world around them. You know this is true because you have the same thing. Thoughts and ideas that run through your mind like an audio file set on repeat.

Thoughts that shape how you view yourself… your value or worth. Thoughts on how others view your value or worth. Whether these are accurate thoughts shaped by truth or inaccurate thoughts shaped by lies… we all have them.

The amazing thing about kids is they are in a phase where that audio file is being created. Those thoughts and ideas about themselves… their value and worth… are being recorded. Think about it! As a small group leader, each time you have time with your few, you are in the midst of a live recording session!

Knowing that, how does that change the way you interact with your few? What can you discover and celebrate that’s unique to them? What can you invest in them over time?

You have a golden opportunity during your small group this week to add to their audio file. To invest your words in their hearts so the truth of their value is repeated over and over again in their minds even when you’re not with them.

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Gina is the Children’s Pastor at Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Gina is driven by the idea of equipping, encouraging & empowering parents for the journey of teaching their kids to love and be loved by Jesus. Based upon her experience as a mom, she identifies with the everyday challenges of parenting. Gina and her husband, Kyle, have three kids, Keegan, Josie and Connor.

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