What comes up first in your mind when someone asks you to think orange?
First time I heard it, I remembered this video on Youtube which I saw a long time ago, wherein there is an orange (the fruit itself) talking to an apple. It has a distinguished smirk and literally talks to annoy the miserable apple. It is well-known as “the annoying orange“, which is not quite a good influence for kids.
Last month, our Kids’ ministry leader required us all to undergo an orange training which is a new curriculum that we will use for our Sunday school. Everybody’s curious of course and pretty excited to learn what this “orange” is. The training was one Saturday, the whole day of it. I work on night shifts so that means zero sleep for me. But God provided me the energy I needed to make that training worthwhile.
Ask a child to color a carrot and he would surely go for an orange from his crayon box. =)
Well, that’s unless he knew that way back in the 16th century, carrots used to be purple and of different colors. Aside from purple carrots, there existed the red, white, yellow and even black carrots in the wild. There was not even an orange carrot back then. Well, not until the 17th century to honor King William of Orange. A group of Dutch farmers cultivated a hybrid of red and yellow carrots to get the orange carrots and they presented these to the king as their tribute. Generations have passed and the orange carrots remained its popularity wiping out the yellow, white and purple carrot history. And also the black. Who prefers to eat a black carrot over an orange one? The nutrients are all the same but color-wise, the orange tint may make us want to eat more and the black hue may make some lose their appetite. Try to ask the kids and they would more likely choose the orange.
The training was not about carrots, so enough of that for now before I go get some from my fridge and make a salad. Yeah, I get distracted a lot of times. So, let’s carry on with the real orange while I can still keep hold of myself.
What is Orange?
The love of the family gets the color red, hence the word “love” itself gets that color as a default. The church is signified by a yellow color, as it lights up our faith and connection with God. And when these two influences work together, they form an influence which is greater than the two influences working alone. So in the color spectrum, if you mix red and yellow, the result is an orange. ^_^
In a year, there are 8760 hours. The average church only has 40 hours in a given year to influence a life. The average parent has 3000 hours. Thus, the parent’s role is very vital in shaping the lives of their children especially in their formative years, when habits are easily picked up. Children learn best through a routine, thus, during these years, we should implant Godly truths into our children’s hearts. Find every opportunity to talk with them and share the gospel. Impress it on them and give them encouraging words to build more intimacy and stronger relationship.
3 Basic Truths
The three basic truths can be found in Luke 2:52. Hence, the 252 Basics is born.
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
The Orange 252 strategy is designed to shape identity through planting the following truths in the heart of every child:
Somebody has anonymously quoted this statement and it is both challenging and dignifying:
“Give me a child until he is seven and I care not who has him thereafter.”
Challenging because it requires a lot of work, patience and of course, love. Every parent should have a vision on how he sees a child in the future and how he leads him somewhere. Jesus loves children as they exhibit a pure and humble character. However, because their experience-bucket is still empty, they absorb knowledge and events like a sponge. Whatever we instill to a child’s mind, he will remember by heart until he reaches the golden years. As you may have observed, a toddler imitates whatever he sees, might it be right or wrong. He repeats whatever sound he hears, even though he doesn’t know the meaning. That is why parents, teachers, and adults involved in the child’s life need to invest time to interfere in order to make sure that we guide these children along with their journey to Christ and correct them whenever needed while they are still young.
Do you laugh when you hear children who use profane language just because they make it sound funny or maybe because they are too cute when they say those words? (A long time ago, I was like that.) Or are you the one who cuts off in such scene and make the cute kid understand what’s bad and what’s not?
The highlight of my interest was captured by Sunny Williams. I learned more about storytelling for toddlers. Aside from creating more crafts as props and costumes, I need more energy plus an extra energy and a bit more energy (and did I mention I need a little more energy?) when sharing God stories to the kids.
The workshop was so much fun and educational. It made me so excited imagining myself making faces while story-telling with the kids. LOL! I can’t wait to see my class! =P
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