While childhood has so many virtues—boundless energy, curiosity, and trust to name just a few— the young among us still have a lot to learn about the world. So we expect our children and young people to be educated. They need both formal schooling and life experience to teach them.
I learned this week that Christmasis the least common day of the year for a baby to be born in the USA. How could this be? I don’t think it relates to any divine influence to keep the calendar as clear as possible for Jesus’s birthday (in reality, no one knows Jesus’s literal birthday). Rather, it seems that soon-to-be-mothers and doctors alike choose to do all in their power to avoid the miracle of birth on a holiday.
I’ve never been a great gift giver. My love language is naturally oriented toward acts of service and spending quality time with others. However, I have a few significant people in my life for whom gift-giving is their primary love language, so I’m compelled to attempt to speak their native language as best as I can.
There are two main strategies in nature employed by the animal kingdom to get ready for the cold, short days of the winter season. One is to stock up on food and calories, the other is to do the polar opposite and strip down to the bare minimum.
The way we keep time reveals our priorities. If you live and die through the passage of four, 15-minute quarters, you’re likely a football fan or player. If you move through the world clocking compassionate 12-hour shifts, you’re probably a nurse. If you obsess over BPM’s (beats per minute), you’re a musician or a heart surgeon. If you experience your best days through the lens of 18 short walks, you’re a golfer.
As Christians, we have our own unique way of approaching keeping time...
Rebekah and Jonathan Wilson joined Elmhurst CRC in 2018 with their four children and have been “all in” from the jump. Rebekah is trained as a substitute teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), and after years of working as a nurse at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, has joined our church staff as our part-time Discipleship Coordinator. Let's get to know Rebekah!