Souls of Children

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”  — C.S. Lewis

Have you ever thought about that? We know that our present body is only temporary. Our soul is eternal.

 Randy Alcorn explains it this way: “Your life on earth is a dot. From that dot extends a line that goes on for all eternity” (www.epm.org).

During our short time on this earth, what does God have for us to do? What should our priorities be? Let’s narrow that down and ask: what should our priorities be in working with the boys and girls in Awana? It really boils down to thinking about what matters most for our souls and the souls of the children we work with.

How about Game time? Our bodies are designed to require exercise, and having fun can be a good thing, but that’s not the most important part of Awana. Council time? This can be a great opportunity to present truth to the kids, but the most important part of Awana has got to be studying and memorizing God’s Word.

God’s Word tells us how to receive forgiveness and eternal life. God’s Word tells us what He wants us to do now and helps prepare us for eternity. God’s Word is necessary food for our soul. 

Randy Alcorn goes on to say, “Are you living for the dot or the line? Are for living for earth or heaven? Are you living for the short today or the long tomorrow? Let’s live now in light of eternity.”

“One day we’ll be with the Person we were made for, living in the Place we were made for. Joy will be the air we breathe. … We should remind ourselves regularly that the best is yet to be. … This assurance will help us here and now live self-controlled and disciplined lives of deferred gratification, knowing that eternal rewards await us in the presence of our Lord…” (Randy Alcorn, in Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints, p. 91).

Digging into God’s Word and memorizing God’s Word are the kind of tasks that are worthwhile now as they help prepare our souls for eternity. Let’s live for the line, not just the dot.

“I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12b).

~Laurie P

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