three girls2 Though a child can be a winner – he cannot win at everything.  When we create a pseudo-world where every child wins at everything we buy into one of Satan’s lies.

God has not created any two humans exactly the same. The Father has a plan and a purpose for each human that is unique. This means that some of us are able to do things that others aren’t capable of doing. (1 Corinthians 12: 12-31)

When we give kids the impression they can win at everything we are setting them up for failure.  It is important that we train them up in truth which will then lead them in the way they should go.

As humans we have an innate desire for good and noble things – but is it good and noble for everyone to be able to win at everything?

 We are created for another world.  We must help our children “set their minds on things above, not on things of the earth.”  Colossians 3:2.

If we teach children that they can have justice today in this world we are feeding them a lie.  Though we seek for justice in this world ultimate justice will only be realized in heaven.

Tommy, the boy with Tourettes Syndrome became a youth pastor when he graduated from college. He had obstacles to overcome that another kid in the same Children’s Ministry, who also became a youth pastor, didn’t have to overcome.

The adults in his life had helped him discover God’s purpose – I’m sure he is an amazing example to kids who also have challenges to overcome.

 From a human perspective life isn’t fair. One day we will have a different perspective – I’m believing it will be a time of, “ah that’s why. . .”

 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Rom 8:28 ESV



About Wanda

I have worked with children and families for over 40 years in both secular and Christian settings. • Following college I joined VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) and served in a migrant labor camp in Texas. • After VISTA I married Joe Parker. Joe was a Boy’s Club Director and we served in several inner city and barrio areas in So. California. • I served as Children’s Director and Family Pastor in three Orange County Churches. During this time I was a co—founder of CCMA • Right after the Los Angeles riots, and while serving as Family Pastor at Mariners Church in Newport Beach, Campus Crusade approached me to develop a reproducible ministry to reach children in inner city areas of America, known today as S.A.Y. Yes! Centers of America. • In 1998 I was invited along with 25 others, representing every continent of the world, to be part of a symposium in England. This was the initial gathering for the creation of a curriculum to equip people working with children living in difficult circumstances. Celebrating Children is taught today in Christian universities around the world. • In 2001 KidTrek was begun, a unique ministry to equip the Church to disciple children. Married for 47 years, I have three married children and eight grandchildren who walk with the Lord. The greatest gift a mother could ever have.
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