Reflections on VBX Bring It!
Bring what you’ve got! Bring what you’re not! Step up and be heard! Bring the Word! These are the words I woke up with ringing in my head the morning after the last night of VBX. It’s going to be hard to forget them – every night last week I heard 140 kids and countless leaders shout this chant from the top of their lungs. For the past three years, I’ve had the great joy of watching VBX unfold from backstage. Along with Wally Walstrom I lead the VBX drama team, which consists of 17 actors ages 10 and up who perform a variety of skits throughout the week. It’s impossible to capture all of the amazing things I witnessed during this week of VBX in this blog—and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way—so I encourage you to ask others to share their experiences from this week.
One of the things I love about VBX is that great spiritual truths are taught in everything the kids do, whether it’s dancing and singing, playing games, or watching skits and listening to talks. In the midst of it all, I find myself learning just at much as the kids. This year’s theme was Bring It! And that chant I mentioned earlier formed the week’s core teachings.
On Monday we learned to “Bring what you’ve got!” God made each and every one of us and gifted us each individually. How has God gifted you? As we get older, I think we often downplay our gifts, when really we should be proud of them! What are you especially good at? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to help you use your gift to serve the Lord here at Hope Church!
Tuesday’s lesson was grounded in the story of Moses, who was asked by the Lord to “Bring what you’re not” and step out of his comfort zone to lead God’s people out of Egypt. Too often I talk myself out of ministry with the lie that I’m not good enough for [blank] or that I don’t have the skills for [blank]. I forget that GREATER is the one living inside of me than he who is living in the world! There is nothing that I can’t do with the power of God—even when I don’t feel adequate for the task.
“Step up and be heard” was the theme of Wednesday night. Kids were reminded of the bravery of Esther, who had to stand up to King Xerxes to save her people. That story got me thinking, what are my spheres of influence? Where have I earned the right to be heard? How can I bring the word of the Lord into these places through my words and actions? (Side note: everyone should go online right now and listen to Gloria Wiese’s sermon from The Well on this topic. Literally rocked my world!)
Finally, kids were reminded to “Bring the Word.” Throughout the week, we talked about how we are in a constant battle with the devil, and how God gives us all the armor we need to fight against him. I was reminded this week of the importance of immersing myself daily in the scriptures, so that I can buckle my belt of truth as I go out into the world each day.
It was a fabulous week at VBX, and I think this story sums up exactly why we do this: On Wednesday night one of the first graders shared with his leader, ” I think I love Jesus so much that sometimes I feel like I’m going to explode!” Simply beautiful. May this be our goal: that we will love Jesus with all that we are—and all that we aren’t—until we explode!
Megan Slinger, Inviting & Connecting Assistant