T-E-L-L, I’m gonna tell

Jackson (in the center with a white shirt) sings at VBS family night.

In front of a packed house Thursday evening, my little boy got up with his friends and sang his heart out for Jesus.

My joy may have matched his while I watched Jackson’s face beam as he sang and did all the motions to the songs. Lauren squealed and pointed out her brother. She was proud, too!

Jackson has been a natural performer since birth, and loves to sing and act out stories. But, he has also struggled with stage fright. There have been many times when he just lost it as he looked out into an audience or would refuse to get on stage altogether.

However, this night, he walked up confidently and smiled wide. He praised Jesus with all his might! The enthusiasm of the children was contagious as they shouted for their Savior:

T-E-L-L, I’m gonna tell!
Y-E-L-L, I’m gonna yell!

Everybody needs to know
Jesus loves them so

There is nothing that pleases me more than when I see my children connecting with God. My heart overflows when they grow in their understanding of His love and express their love back to Jesus.

God feels the same about you and me.

There is nothing God wants more than for us to be close with Him. He deeply desires for us to grow in His love and enjoy His gift of grace. He longs for us to talk with Him, to ask Him the hard questions, to share His words with others. He is the proud parent watching His children get on stage and sing.

When Jesus obeyed His Father and was baptized, God was so proud He could not keep silent. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove, and God spoke audibly to the crowd and to Jesus, “This is My Son, in whom I am well pleased!” This was the first time Jesus demonstrated to the people around Him how He would rescue them from the chains of sin and make a way for us to have a restored relationship with the Father, through His death, burial and resurrection. And, because of His obedience to God’s redemptive plan for mankind and submitting and pledging His very life for you and me, God loudly spoke His pleasure over His Son.

Today, I want to please my Savior. I submit my life to His plan, no matter where that leads. I want to hear Him say He is pleased with me. If that’s your prayer, too, I know we have work to do as we filter our lives through His forgiveness and faithfulness.

When we shift off-key and our voices falter, I will remember that God’s love never wains for His children. He loves us, not because of what we do or don’t do, but because we are His children.

And as I accept His love and He shapes my heart and life, I want to make Him proud.

Jesus loves me

Jesus loves me, this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong.
They are weak, but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

I usually sing this song at least once a day, but so far this week, I’ve been singing it more than five times daily. “Jesus Loves Me” is one of those tunes that too often we as adults sing without reflection. It’s a “muscle memory” song. We’ve sung it so many times, we just flip into auto-pilot mode.

Here's the one-year-old posse, Lauren, Addie and Oliver, in one of the two wagons we use to transport the little ones on VBS adventures.

During my church’s Vacation Bible School this week, I am taking care of and teaching the babies through three-year-olds. I am determined to not just “provide child care” for these young ones, rather that we will have a fun-filled week learning about how much Jesus loves each of them and wants to be their best friend. So, we have had all sorts of adventures, riding through the halls of the church in our trusty wagons, praising Jesus!

Every time we start talking about Jesus, every little face lights up. When they sing about God’s love, they beam with excitement! When they see pictures of Jesus, they squeal, and then want to point out Jesus to the rest of their friends.

I want these children to let Jesus sink down deep into their hearts, and never remember a time they didn’t know that Jesus loved them. I pray the love of God is a fact, a reality, in each of their lives, even before they are of the age they will accept him as their Savior.

We have sung “Jesus Loves Me,” many, many times this week! And, each child can’t wait to sing it. It is the first and most requested song of the group, and when we start to sing, every child contributes to the praise, whether in singing the words, dancing with joy or just shouting “Jesus!” over and over again.

Their enthusiasm is infectious, and convicting.

I need to reclaim that kind of excitement, that thrill of just knowing Jesus loves me. He really loves me! I belong to Him. He chose me to be His. He knows my weaknesses and loves me anyway. He is my strength and my song! He is my protector and my provider, my shield and my portion. God’s Word tells me this is true, and God does not lie! He loves me. He loves me!

He loves me!!

Jesus, precious Jesus, thank you for revealing your love to me, and imprinting your love on the hearts of five little ones in my VBS class this week!