Dear brothers and sisters,
This past week, St. Paul’s hosted our annual Vacation Bible School. For five days, our church is transformed—this year into a cityscape. Our theme this year was “Hero Central.” We learned together about the heroes in the Bible, and explored how we can be heroes for God.
It is always a time of holy chaos, and one of the more enjoyable (though tiring) weeks of the year. I would like to thank all of our volunteers, youth helpers, and our directors Claudia Muller and Missy Perry, for all of the work that helps it be a great success.
Amidst all of the crafts and games, music and skits, and of course snacks, our kids continued to impress me with their thoughtful and curious delving into our theme. Each day, as we learned about a different biblical hero, we asked the question, “How can you be a hero, too?”
The youngest group, our 4- and 5-year-olds, often had the fastest and most plentiful answers: I can share with my friends; I can smile at someone who is sad; I could give food to someone without any; I could listen to my parents.
Often, as we grow up, we lose the sense that the small things we do truly matter. We forget that sometimes it is truly heroic to offer a smile and listening ear in a hard situation. Our lives are made up of millions of small opportunities to be heroes.
Jesus teaches us that “whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones [of his followers]” is truly a disciple. Yes, we are called to do big things, but we are also called, as Mother Teresa said, “to do small things in great love.”
The children reminded me that finding joy and finding purpose in small, everyday actions is part of what it means to be a Christian. I hope that you, too, might be renewed in seeing the small things that we all can do to be heroes: sharing God’s great love, one little action at a time.
May God bless and keep you all this summer,