Our culture breathes entertainment. A recent study was done with college freshmen to see how attached they were to their phones, computers, IPads, and all manner of technological entertainment items. The students were asked to answer questions that were previously used to identify an addiction to alcohol or drugs. The questionnaire would flag the students that might fall prey or were already prey to abuse. The questions were asked just as before only this time a gadget name was inserted where the word alcohol or drug used to be. The conclusion- we are addicted to technology. We must be entertained every minute of our existence. Recently our local cell phone company lost its service for half a day. In line at the grocery store I saw wide spread panic as people tried to call or text. The next day in the editorial section of our local newspaper people were calling for only barely less than a lynching for the cell phone company.  All this to say, we demand to be entertained.

Entertainment has become the fast and sterile substitute for the hard work of relationships.  God created us to be in relationship with him and with each other. We all know, relationships are messy and can be difficult. However, they are the good work of God and of those who choose to follow Jesus. Children are hungry for relationship. They come into this world looking for connections.  They call our names to woo us, they learn to make eye contact, and they cry and giggle, all for connection.  Unfortunately our race to be technologically connected has left us relationally depleted. Understand I’m not saying get rid of all entertainment, but perhaps we’ve had an overdose that is killing us.

For this reason this curriculum has not been written to entertain. Instead it’s been written to give children what they need, what they really want, and have been asking for if we were listening. Relationship.  Relationship with the adults who love them and relationship with Jesus who loved them so much he gave his life for them. There won’t be imaginary trips under the sea, not that there’s anything wrong with that. There won’t be a plethora of piñatas for bribery, or explorer themed costumes. The focus is connection. Connection to God and connection to each other, because that is what we are all seeking no matter how old we are.

Starting Soon: The 2018-19 Renovaré Book Club

How do we read for transformation, not just information? Choose books that stir the soul and have an enduring quality. Then read with God and others at an unhurried pace, attentive to what the Holy Spirit wants to teach. The Renovaré Book Club is designed for transformative reading. It runs October 2018—May 2019.

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