Do you know why your chapel times should be GREAT? Find out the 5 reasons why every chapel presentation deserves your very best efforts to bring glory to God. Your children need to learn about Jesus. Are you ready to tell them?
Today, I am going to share with you 5 reasons why your chapel times should be GREAT! I will use the acrostic of of the word GREAT to help inspire you to do your very best for Jesus and the children you serve.
I love performing for chapel times! I am so thankful that God uses me to share His Word and His love with the children and teachers I serve. I enjoy watching the faces of the kids as I creatively share a Bible story with visuals designed to keep their interest. I take delight in introducing the children to the idea of corporate worship and what it means to take time to honor God with the best He has given me to share through my programs. I truly love every part of it, but putting together a great chapel takes effort and a passion to see children grow in their relationship with God.
As Christians, we believe that there is no other truth besides the truth of God, and so as a Christian school you have the great honor of holding the truth of God up to the utmost standard that it deserves.
As a Christian school, how can you play a part in making sure that your children and teachers do not lose sight of the importance of teaching about God and His Word?
I believe making sure that you maintain the time-honored tradition of a scheduled chapel time is one vital way to help your whole school keep God and the Bible first.
Why your chapel times should be GREAT!
G – God deserves your best.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Col. 3:23-24
Read this quick encouragement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
Six months before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967. Part of his “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” speech is the tale of the street sweeper. It is inspiration that regardless of what we do we should always aspire to be the best we can at what we do.
And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are. (Excerpt from http://samgrier.com/6/the-street-sweeper-be-the-best-at-what-you-do/)
Let your chapel times be so great that the angels are looking down upon you with great interest.
R – Really great chapels keep your children’s interest.
Chapels that lack preparation, creativity and passion will produce children that are bored and their minds will wander.
A chapel time should be a time that children greatly look forward to because they know something fun and interesting is going to happen.
Here in America, we are overflowing with amazing resources that we can incorporate into our chapel times. Other countries can only dream about all our resources. Let us be faithful stewards with all that God has given us and be willing to bring in great visuals, music and other creative ways to share God’s Word.
E – Excitement is contagious and inspiring.
Who are you inspired by? Is it someone who is unfocused or doesn’t care about their beliefs and job? No. We are all inspired by those who excite us and who are filled with a passion for what they love. I promise you that if you love God and His Word and have a vibrant relationship with Him, your children will be drawn also to God. But unfortunately, the opposite is true too. If you show a lack of respect and honor and relationship with God, your children will go the way you go.
Do not make the mistake in thinking, “My children will know God when they are ready.” This belief is not only unbiblical but very dangerous. God is very clear in His Word that we are to train our children up in the things of the Lord.
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deut. 11:18-19
A chapel time presents you with the opportunity to show how excited you are to be sharing about God and therefore hopefully inspire your children to seek their own relationship with Jesus.
A – Average lacks passion.
Average is alright for some situations. Your dinner can be average. Your height can be average. A basic knowledge of math can be average. But should your relationship with God and His Word ever be average? If it is, may I suggest that you lack passion for God and all He has for you? Did you know that God is passionate about you? His understanding of you is far from average and for this we should be very greatful.
A chapel time is a time to express your passion for the Lord and go above and beyond a couple of songs and a Bible story.
T – Time is running out.
I am not a pessimist. I am very much an optimist. But the truth is, if our country keeps going down the road it is currently on, eventually Christian schools won’t exist. Hopefully it won’t happen in our lifetime or in our children’s lifetime, but it will happen.
Make each chapel time great. Time is precious. Let’s make the most of it.
Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Eph. 5:15-16
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