There are things that are just wrong when they are inside out, right? Like having your shirt on inside out, and noticing half way through the day! But then there are other things that are fabulous when they are inside out. Like a Reeses with peanut butter on the outside and chocolate on the inside- that is genius! Another thing we love is when kids live OUT what they believe on the INSIDE.
Being missional means taking opportunities as Christ’s disciples to gain perspective on the hurting and brokenness of our world and looking for what we can do to help. Unfortunately, if we’re honest, we often don’t take these opportunities for ourselves or provide them for kids. Some of my most encouraging moments in ministry have come from children that understand another’s need and want to do something about it.
Just two weeks ago our 4th-5th grade students packed into vans and traveled to Windfield Village Retirement Home in Wilsonville to laugh with, talk to, and spend time building relationships with the residents of this facility. While they were away our K-3rd grade students were writing letters to our sponsored child in Rwanda, saying things like, “I love you and I will pray for you.” It is a true gift for a child to know that God has gifted them to help others and their efforts really do have value!
At Kidventure we want to journey together to learn how to “be about the other person” and have Christ as our example of an others focused lifestyle. As we read the Gospels we learn that there isn’t a better example of being others focused than Christ and His sacrifice for us on the cross. Philippians 2:5-8 tells us that our attitude should be the same as Jesus, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!”
Being humble, considered nothing, and a servant are not easy things, but rather they are choices we make within our hearts. When we choose to let go of our plans, our desires, and our self-focus the Lord is able to use us for something better. This can happen at school, at home, at the grocery store, on vacation, or even in an entirely other country than your own. Living our lives with an others focused approach doesn’t just mean big choices like going on missions trips, selling everything we have, or starting a ministry; it is also found in the normal every day places where we are challenged to walk in our call to have the same attitude as Christ.
What are some ways that you are modeling an others focused approach at home? We’d love to hear about it! Our desire is to equip and support you as your family lives insideOUT. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, a great opportunity for your family to be others focused together is to visit our friends at Windfield Village, pray for your friends and family members, write letters to our sponsored child Jacqueline, or adopt a missionary family from Grace to love on!
Kidventure InsideOUT – http://gracechapelonline.org/kidventure/insideout.html
Adopt a Grace Missionary Family- http://gracechapelmissions.wordpress.com/adopt-a-missionary