I Wanna Better Faith
A few of us serve in the "Listening Room" of our Monday night AWANA events. The Listening Room is dedicated just to helping clubbers memorize, recite, and understand their memory verses. We have the privilege of discussing Scripture with the children.
There are some clubbers who work on their memory verses during the week, and they generally come in, get their verses recited, get their AWANA bucks and candy, and move along. There are some other clubbers who, for whatever reason (and there are many), do not come ready to recite - so we work with them to memorize and then recite.
When we ask questions about the passages, those who come prepared are usually much more capable of giving good answers.
But in both groups, there are those who don't care as much about the questions. They just want to do the minimal amount of work, get the treat, and move on. Of course there are some like that. And we serve them as much as we can - this may be their only chance to process Scripture. We're not about getting the best "grade" for memory, but about understanding what God says in His Word.
We can easily be a little critical of these children who just do the minimal amount, get their prize, don't really interact with the Word, and go on to the next fun thing.
But do we as adults do the same thing? Do our minimal amount of interaction with God's Word, get our little "nugget of truth," not really interact substantially with the text, and then go on to the next thing. Plus, we can excuse ourselves that our "next thing" isn't fun and games, but something important. Getting kids ready for school, work, projects around the house, laundry, or even ... church activities.
When do you just ... dwell ... in God's Word? Like taking a relaxing, soaking bath ... no hurry, no checkmarks ... just dwelling in, soaking in, calmly pondering God's Word?
Just checking off a task isn't something only kids do. It doesn't do them much good, and it doesn't do us much good, either. It's better than nothing, of course, but it's so thin compared to what dwelling in the Word does.
Forget your AWANA bucks and candies. Take enough time to ask good questions of the text, and perhaps even to find the answers.
It. Takes. Time.
It's. Worth. It.
(image: By Ian McKellar - Flickr: Marble Bathtub, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17439140)