My #11 of 20 Great Things...
Be joyful always; pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Our family has never had a "theme" verse in the past, but late one rainy April night, the boys and I repeated these words over and over, and talked about what they meant, all the way from Swedish hospital to our house, an hour away. These words were exactly what each of us had needed...as we left the hospital parking garage, 2 of the 3 boys were crying, and I was desperate to comfort them and make then a promise that their dad would be well very soon. Within an instant, these verses came into my mind, and I was sharing them with the boys. I quickly realized the boys hadn't needed my words, nor a promise that I couldn't guarantee. They needed the truth of God's words. They needed His comfort, and they needed instruction on how to respond in all situations.
As a church worker, I know the importance of teaching children to memorize Bible verses. Sometimes, however, we worry more about quantity than quality. If they can recite one new verse per week, we're doing our job. Now if you take a year's worth of verses and ask them to repeat those verses, you might be lucky to get one stated correctly. Our situation helped me to realize the importance of helping to make God's word relevant to the life of each child, but relating it to their unique circumstances. And if it takes an hour in the car, or weeks, or even months to get it right, God's message will have a life long impact.