Know Their Names!
You know, it's been said that the sweetest sound a person can hear is the sound of their own name. If you stop and think about it, it means something when somebody walks by you and calls you by name or somebody that you only met one time remembers your name, right? Jesus said that he's the good shepherd. In the book of John it says that he calls his sheep by name. He calls his sheep by name. Here's my challenge for you today: How well do you know the names of the children in your ministry? How well do you know the names of the children that go running by every week in church? How well do you know their names?
You know, there's something special about knowing the name of a child and being able to call them by name. I remember several years ago, a visiting family came to our church and I met them. They had a five-year-old daughter. Her name was Sarah Lynn. The next Sunday they came back and I happened to cross them in the hallway and I got down on my knees and I said, "Good morning Sarah Lynn," and I'll never forget the mom looking at the dad saying, "You know what? He remembered her name." And I don't always remember their names, but I got it right that time. And listen, do whatever you have to do to remember their names. It sure helps now that the kids wear name tags, right? And that helps. But if you need to use stickers or whatever you need to do, remember their names. Remember their names. This is especially a challenge for those of you that teach a larger class, or maybe you lead a large group time and there's a hundred kids out there, right? But do what you can to remember their names. It'll mean a lot to those kids.
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