By All Means

Teacher and preschoolers

How does a preschooler know that God loves him? We can tell him that the Bible tells us so, but for a preschooler to truly know God’s love we need to express His love to the preschooler in concrete ways. In the book Upside-Down Devotion, Taylor Field says, “In this book, I will call specific acts of love for others service. In the world of the Bible, this service is the tangible expression of God’s love.”1 You show God’s love in tangible ways to preschoolers many times during a Mission Friends® session.

  • When you smile or hug a preschooler as he comes in the room at the beginning of the session.

  • When you sit with a preschooler as she works a puzzle or reads a book.

  • When you smile as you give a bottle to a baby.

  • When you have a conversation with a preschooler about his artwork.

  • When you give a high five or fist bump to a preschooler who builds an awesome structure in Blocks.

  • When you sing and clap hands with a toddler.

  • When you calm a preschooler who becomes upset.

  • When you listen to a preschooler tell you about his pet, or his baby sister, or his tummy ache last week.

These may seem like ordinary actions, but as you infuse your actions with God’s love, these become ways of showing God’s love to preschoolers. The acts of love that you do as you teach preschoolers are the expressions of God’s love. These are the ways that they see God’s love demonstrated through you. As you teach Mission Friends this month, be aware of the ways that you demonstrate God’s love to your preschoolers. Know that your acts of love for preschoolers are seen as service. Your service as a preschool teacher is an expression of His love. Use all of the ordinary things you do in teaching as a means of showing His love to your preschoolers.

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Cor. 9:22–23).

Pray: Heavenly Father, Thank You for loving me and for showing me Your love through Your Son, Jesus. Guide me to use the opportunities You give me in each Mission Friends session to show Your love to preschoolers. May they know of Your love through the expressions of Your love that they see in me. Amen.

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1Taylor Field, Upside-Down Devotion: Extreme Action for a Remarkable God (Birmingham, AL: New Hope Publishers, 2014), 17.

 

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