It was Sunday morning. I was the Sunday School Pastor dressed up as Joseph in my paper bag dreamcoat, minus the technicolors, parading into the preschool classroom (Genesis 37:3). Within moments, the children caught on to my game: “Pastor Silly (an affectionate term they call me), your dreamcoat is missing the colors!”
So every child, one by one, helped embellish my plain, brown coat with many unique lines, shapes, and colors. As they colored, the preschoolers moved from my coat to their own freshly colored coats. “Pastor Silly, look at mine!” Again, “Look at mine!” And, again, “Look at mine!” Of course, I had to get down on my knees and, one by one, investigate and compliment every child’s coat of eclectic colors, shapes, and lines.
I was reminded that even our youngest children have a desire to know that their creations matter and each is respected and valued as they color the world with their unique, God-given spiritual gifts. As parents, it’s our primary job to parade into our children’s lives to share their special discoveries.
Too often we wait until after we’ve cleaned out our email box, finished that final load of laundry, or sent yet another text message. We might miss that special “dreamcoat” opportunity. As often as you can, when they call, “Look at me or look at mine” – get down on your knees alongside them and experience their creations.
Each one of those experiences form a mosaic of wonderful dreams that God has planted in our children. Collect those curiosities and put them in a special journal that you pray over as your child grows deeper into God’s loving ways--almost like “putting on the clothes of Christ” (Galatians 3:27). If you see the color of compassion, pray for a deepening in their heart for others. If you see joy, pray for joy that is never-ceasing. If you see wonder, pray for a continued holy curiosity. Each unique color will surely be blessed by God.
The Sunday School class ended with each child putting on and modeling their colored coats for their parents and saying “Mommy, Daddy, look at mine.” Each left filled with God’s love of many colors. Those colors will surely change the world in God’s name.
Brian Norsman enjoys life abundantly as a father, husband, family Pastor, and systems innovator. He resides in Stillwater, MN. This article was written for www.vibrantfaithathome.org, where it originally appeared.