History was my favorite subject in school! I know that's not the case for everyone. So, I asked my “history loving” elementary teacher son, “How do you make history exciting and relevant for your grade school students?” He chuckled and said, “You have to get creative. It also helps to get them thinking about how what’s happened in the past connects with what’s happening now.”
He gave the example of the history of communication. You start by digging into how people used to send messages to each other 50, 100, or even 2000 years ago. Way back then you might have to rely on someone delivering a letter on foot, or if you really wanted express delivery, on horseback. Later came message carrying by ship, then train (and here’s where things really start accelerating), then came the telegraph, telephones, computers, email, cell phones, and instant messaging.
"But you don't stop there," he said. "You have your students think about the ways communication may well evolve in the future. If that’s how fast and different communication has evolved in the past, just imagine what might happen in the years ahead! And it’s then that students of all ages begin to see how sometimes it takes the past to better understand the present and future."
Sometimes, something old can help us better see the new!
That's true when in comes to our past with God. In fact, God's past repeats itself in new ways! So, I want you to look back to the power of the cross and resurrection of Christ, through the lens of where you are today. Through the lens of where you are, what you're doing, and where you're going... look back to the power of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ! It's how you'll recognize the new thing God is doing in your life. Click here to listen to more (March 21 sermon).
Your partner on the journey,