Everyone seems to offer
devotions, but why? What’s the big deal about devotions?
It’s true that nearly every Christian education program offers a variety of
devotions in addition to Bible stories and lessons. And there is a vast
difference between stories, lessons, and devotions. Where stories and lessons
teach about biblical circumstances, events, and people, devotions teach
Christian values that are put into life practice. You can think of the
difference as this: As lessons are to the mind, devotions are to the heart. A
solid balance of biblical stories, lessons, and devotions rounds out Christian
education. If any one element is missing, so is the fullness of God’s Word!
So how is this devotional book different from others?
"Show Me!" Devotions for Leaders to Teach Kids is very
different from the standard repertoire of children’s devotions. These are
devotions that kids learn to present. In all my classroom years as both a
Christian and secular schoolteacher, the single most valuable teaching tool
I’ve run across is...kids! Willing, ready, and motivated, peer-teachers often
reach kids whom adults cannot. Yet some teachers, whether from vanity or a need
to control, think children have no place as educators. Balderdash! Everyone has
a lesson to teach as well as a lesson to learn, and children are no exception.
"Show Me!" Devotions is geared to teach kids to show other
kids, who will show others, and so on and so on. What a great way to spread
God’s Word and build kids’ self-esteem! And what a break for teachers! Seeing
kids take responsibility for part of their learning is exciting and rewarding
for teachers, kids, and parents. "Show Me!" Devotions offers
kids not only snappy, eye-popping devotions, but the opportunity to serve
others through teaching and sharing God’s Word.
How do I use "Show Me!" Devotions?
Simply photocopy a devotion, and ask for a volunteer. I guarantee that after
the first week, you’ll have more volunteers than there are devotions! And
you’ll never tire of willing kids whose eyes shine as they share these
devotions with classmates, friends, and family.
Each week, photocopy a devotion, choose a volunteer, and encourage the child to
meet with you to practice the devotion or to practice it at home. That’s it!
You’ll find these devotions to be simple, motivating, and big-time fun. And
there are even devotions for pairs of kids to present, so the shy ones in your
class won’t feel pressured or left out.
As one teacher to another, I guarantee that after using these devotions, you’ll
never go back to the same old devotional format again! Kids CAN teach kids. Try