Building a Strong Foundation

A few years ago, I was on a trip to California and drove into San Francisco. The drive was absolutely beautiful, the redwoods, the ocean, the mountains, but the most fascinating site for me was the Golden Gate Bridge. I was intrigued as we drove across the bridge at its massive size being one-mile-wide and three miles long. As we drove across the bridge, my stomach rushed into my throat when I looked out across the water and realized that the bridge did not have the foundational structure that bridges typically have. The Golden Gate is a suspension bridge and, as the name implies, is suspended by cables from two tall towers. As we crossed to the other side, I began to think about the importance of foundations. Even though the bridge has a different foundation, it is stable and sturdy so that it holds the massive amounts of cars that drive across it every day, not to mention that it has to withstand the weather and earthquakes.

 

Foundations are important not just for bridges, but also for life. As parents, we have an important role in helping give our children a solid foundation, sturdy cables. Getting to help engineer the cables in the bridges of our children’s lives is a tremendous responsibility and an incredible blessing. As a church, we want to partner with you as you build these cables.

 

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, in his book, Emotional Intelligence, states that children’s emotional intelligence is primarily developed by the age of three and completely developed by the age of 12. It is so important for children to have quality, meaningful, happy experiences from the moment they are born. e cables of their life are being set every day. Each Sunday at church, from the nursery to the preteens, we are giving children opportunities to learn about a loving, heavenly Father. Yes, even in the nursery, our wonderful caregivers are talking to babies, telling them that they are special and that Jesus loves them. We are helping children feel loved, safe and connected to their spiritual community. Each class is designed to teach children at an age appropriate level so that they not only learn about the Bible but also see how it applies to their lives. They get to ask questions and develop meaningful relationships with peers and teachers.

 

The bridge will be constructed very quickly and the day will come when you will be sending them out to cross the bridge. ere is not a child that will not experience disappointment and obstacles as they mature into adults. It is very difficult to make the cables sturdy then, they have already been constructed. Attending church does not take away the problems that children will face in life, however as children learn about the people in the Bible and the difficulties that many of them encountered they can apply it to their lives and know that there is hope. That the same God that helped David defeat a giant and Joseph go from being sold into slavery to one of the most powerful people in the land is the God that will help them deal with a bully or losing a friendship.

 

The children’s ministry is happy to co-engineer with you. Let’s work together to construct the best bridges possible.

Dr. Debbie Porter