August 3, 2017 – Thursday
Galatians 6:8 [NIV] Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
After work in the summer time, do you volunteer to help kids? A coach in sports? A teacher in Vacation Bible School? A Scout leader? Helping on a youth mission trip? A chaperon of some sorts?
I work with a lot of kids over the summer. Most of them are a pleasure, but a few are terrors. Amongst our coaching group, we discuss how difficult some kids are and how parents are to blame. I think to myself, “I’m going to be a better parent. My kids won’t act this way.”
But then I stop. I can’t imagine a parent intentionally raising a child to be “difficult.” No parent wants to create a brat. No mom or dad tries to produce an emotionally unstable child. At least I pray not!!
Scripture reminds us to sow seeds of the Spirit, not seeds of the flesh. Maybe some parents just plant the wrong kind of seeds in their children’s lives. And maybe – just maybe – volunteers like you and me do the same. I mean, how often do we let our emotions run wild in front of kids? How often do we do things for the instant gratification and don’t understand why we have such pain and frustration later? And how often do we have minor meltdowns when kids do not do what we ask?
So maybe it’s not just some kids who are in trouble. Maybe they are just following what they see us doing – parents and summer volunteers. They see what we say about others. They feel when we have a disconnect with the Spirit.
When you leave work today, think about what kind of volunteer you will be. Remember that kids will feel your words. They will mimic your behavior. If you have a disconnect with the Spirit, they will think it’s OK for them to have the same.
The kind of seeds you sow is just as important after work as it is during work. This is especially true when you volunteer in summer or athletic programs. It’s not just parents – it’s volunteers who have an impact on what seeds take root in a child.
Tonight at that Scout meeting or sports practice or on that mission trip, make sure you do not demonstrate a disconnect with the Spirit. You and that child must reap eternal life!
Father, I need Your Spirit. Help me turn from seeds of destruction to seeds of life. Free me from the bondage I am spreading to others – at work with adults and when I volunteer with children. Clean out the weeds. Plant new seeds. Bring fresh growth. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Head Soccer Coach
Texas Southern University
Houston, Texas USA