Be Confident in Yourself

~By Julie Chatfield, Children’s Ministry Director

A couple of weeks ago during Kids Worship, the kiddos were encouraged to read the Creation Story and then illustrate what they read.  Genesis 1 is easy reading and soon my young friends had their colored pencils hard at word.  After ten minutes the activity was complete and I suggested we share their creative efforts.  This idea was met with moans of dismay but thankfully after a bit of coercing, the exhibit began.    As each child revealed their original art it was evident their distinctive gifts, each piece unique to the student and worthy in it’s own right.  Yet still throughout the activity the enthusiasm of the circle remained dismal, everyone sure their efforts lacking.   When the exercise was complete we sat for what seemed like an unusually long period of silence.  I looked around the circle at their sweet faces, perplexed at their seeming lack of confidence.  Then unexpectedly but as if part of the lesson plan, I announced we were going to review the pictures again.   This time I would share my commentary.  As each participant held up their sketch I explained why their contribution was valuable and affirmed what I liked about their unique perspective.  It was important they knew this place of worship was safe and would not judge their efforts.  It was necessary to learn Gods Word, but also acknowledge how God was at work in them.  As the class time came to a close I reminded, God made each of us special.  God gave us different talents and abilities, and if we did everything exactly the same, life would be boring and we would not benefit from, nor would we need each other.  If we all thought about everything in the same way, we could not solve the worlds problems.  Be confident in yourself.  And in this age of social media frenzy, isn’t this an important lesson for us all? 

Genesis 1:26-28

Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.” God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and master it. Take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, and everything crawling on the ground.”