For as long as I can remember, one of my summer rituals has been going to Vacation Bible School (VBS). For many years, I attended as a student. I looked forward to the recreation time and the red Kool-aid and butter cookies for snack. I would have never bought those cookie for myself if I had the choice, but something about eating them during VBS week made them so good.
For the past several years, we have had opening skits for VBS. I love these things. I get to play characters, make jokes, and try to teach children about Jesus through story telling. I have figured out that these skits are a way for adults (and I guess I have to throw myself into this category now) to act like kids again. I think that I have had as much fun if not more fun writing, acting, and planning these skits than the kids probably had watching them.
Last week, at our Vacation Bible School we had several hundred kids in attendance each day. They listened to Bible stories, learned songs, made crafts, played games, and had snacks. Being on this side of VBS I have a great appreciation to the amount of work that goes into the week. As a kid, I never realized how many hours the teachers put into planning, decorating, and praying for the week.
I am so thankful for every Sunday School Teacher, VBS Teacher, etc., who took the time to make Christ known to me. I want to thank them for the legacy that they have left in my life. I can only seek to do the same. I hope that children who participated in VBS this year will one day realize the amount of effort that their teachers put forward to make Christ known.