If you’ve ever created something new, you may have discovered that, over time, it became something you no longer recognized. As KidZ at Heart continues to rapidly expand globally and nationally, it is my heart’s desire that this ministry never stray from our mission: helping kids fall deeply in love with Jesus, nor from our method of ministry, doing our very best to look to God for his direction as we live life with God each day.

And that’s why our board and senior leadership believes God would have us focus on this theme passage for the coming year...to help all of us continue looking to Jesus:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV).

The reminder that Jesus himself is “the founder and perfecter of our faith” gives me great comfort. I know that he will continue guiding my own spiritual growth, the growth and health of KidZ at Heart, and most importantly, the eternal journeys of the teachers and leaders who KidZ trains and the children they help fall deeply in love with Jesus. 

This focus on Jesus encapsulates what is KidZ at Heart. We don’t train those who influence children to teach Bible stories better so they can learn more facts. We train leaders to help children know God’s loving invitation for them to come to his open arms, anytime and all the time. We must keep our eyes on Jesus so we can help children look to Jesus.

February is a good time to recognize that, as we focus on Jesus and see his love for us, we are called to reflect Jesus’ love to those around us. This is especially true for those of us who have an influence with children. Kids learn by watching. We don’t have to be perfect. We point to the one who is. Jesus is the winsome one, not us. Children will fall deeply in love with Jesus because he loves them, and they find this out when we reflect Jesus’ love in front of them.

We hope you will join us this year as we remind each other to keep our eyes on Jesus. May our lives reflect his love.

Gordon West