God is the only God. God is one of a kind with no beginning and no end. And everything God has created is unique and one of a kind. Each animal is not only different from the other species, but also different from other like animals. No Zebra has the exact same patterns of stripes. Each monkey has its own temperament. Each sparrow sings a slightly different tune.
The same is true for people. God made each person one of a kind—even identical twins have unique fingerprints! Every person that ever was or ever will be is an original, including the kids we serve each week in our children’s ministry environments.
Now, imagine that God created each child with an individual box of potential and your job as a parent or leader was to help them figure out how to open it and use it.
There’s a tendency to treat kids like they need to wait before they can start discovering what’s in their box— before they can do something that matters. But kids can use their gifts right now. Sometimes they just need some help figuring out what’s in their box.
That’s where you come in. As parents or leaders in kids’ lives, you can help them discover how to tap into their God-given potential and start doing something significant right now.
If you teach kids to find purpose NOW, they’ll grow up knowing the even greater potential God has for them in the future. This was actually what Paul did for Timothy. Remember him? We don’t talk about him a lot, but he is a perfect example of a young individual who had incredible potential. One day, a handful of insightful adults in his life recognized what was in his box and helped him open it. And because of that, Timothy had tremendous impact on the growth of the early church. His story is an incredible example of individuality.
Individuality is discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.
Most of us remember Timothy because of what Paul wrote to him while he was a young leader in the church at Ephesus. But if you do a little digging in the book of Acts, and you look at what we know about the journeys of Paul, you can piece together a pretty remarkable story about a young man who discovered his unique God-given potential and did some amazing things.
This month, you have the opportunity to help kids discover the same thing. You can open someone’s box and help them see something inside that they can use right now, maybe something about their story or some talent they may not know they have. When you help a child begin to understand that God made them and God has given them unique abilities to love and to serve others, it has a lasting impact—not only because of what they accomplish right now, but because they are establishing a pattern of living that can change the course of their story.