• Add a Spoonful of Fluff

Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, July 16th, 2012

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A Spoonful  of Fluff

It is easy to be tempted to add some “marshmallow fluff” to our programs. Marshmallow Fluff is a real product. It has been around for almost a hundred years. It is made of marshmallows—kind of whipped into a cream. It is mostly air and sugar, not really much substance. It has very little nutritional value. But it can be a fun additive to ice cream, or even a Hersey Bar and Graham Crackers sandwich, like a Smore. You know, it’s like a topping, one of those extra things you can add—that betrays your lack of substance.

This reminds me that we might want to intentionally add to the quality and substance of our ministry to children. Instead, we add some sticky sugar, that is, just being willing to help them occupy their time, to keep the kids busy, doing the mediocre, rather than really adding something substantial, that counts. It is just too easy to add “a spoon full of fluff” for kids.

It is tempting to substitute fun, entertainment, games, silliness, trivia, and even some good humor for Bible content, life application, discussion of questions about spiritual things, prayer, using the Bible, or even good worship music. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against these things, per se, but they can be a substitute for substance and content.

This is not always easy to discern, but as you really look at your ministry are you willing to just “get by” with your ministry. Or are you willing to prayerfully evaluate what you are really doing that is substantive? Why not add something that influences the children to make changes in their lives on a weekly basis?

Hopefully, with your prayerful intervention there will be more “substance” than just “fluff.”

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