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What are you going to be when you grow up?
This question is often asked in Lutheran Schools and Early Childhood Centers. Pictures of athletes, ballerinas, and truck drivers remind us of something John wrote in 1 John 3:2, "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see him as he is."
The phrase, "what we will be has not yet been made known" jumps out at me as I look at children. God has not revealed to us who will be the next pastor, lawyer, inventor, teacher, or criminal but instead reminds us to love and teach them all. God's great love allows us to be called Children of God. Isn't it great that God doesn't tell us about the future of the children we teach! Instead, He encourages us, as His child, to treat each with love, high expectations, and allow them to see Christ in our room and lives. May this year find you helping children to become more like Christ! May they not only hear it in your words, but also see it in your actions, feel it in your hug, experience it in your patience and forgiveness, and learn about it in your teaching.
May you continue to grow and develop as God's child in this new year.