A WORD ABOUT VBS FUN RUN from JEFF SLAUGHTER
II Timothy 4:7-8 has been one of my favorite scripture passages for many years. After watching my father, Carl, battle spindle cell melanoma for 3 years and 3 months, my mother, my sisters and I were discussing a passage to include on his tombstone. This was the one on which we settled. Following the engraved reference it simply read, “He kept the faith.” His entire life embodied this passage. I am so grateful that my earthly father, and mother, taught me how to run my own race, to fight to finish well no matter the cost, and to keep the faith until I see my Heavenly Father face-to-face.
The idea for this theme began with the Lord whispering the word “marathon” in my spirit. I then called the core of my VBS Dream Team, Amy Fenton, Diane Dawson and Dana Anderson, and invited them to lunch to share what the Lord had given me. We began brainstorming and within minutes Diane said, “The theme verse has to be II Timothy 4:7-8.” Immediately there was a lump in throat and tears in my eyes. I knew we were on the right track. (Pun intended. J)
We live in a time when it is crucial that we train our kids to run their race well. To equip them with the tools they need to “fight the good fight”, which means constantly pointing them to the character of Jesus, so beautifully stated in the “I AM” statements He made. We are training young warriors for the Kingdom…worshiping warriors, determined to finish well and keep the faith.
My prayer for this curriculum is that once you and your kids have completed the program, you will feel closer to Jesus than ever before. And that you will be inspired to let “The Light of the World” shine through you, to follow “The Good Shepherd” wherever He leads, to be completely satisfied by “The Bread of Life, saved and refreshed by “The Living Water” and empowered to press on by “The Vine.”
Keep the faith…