Great is Thy Faithfulness – Choosing God – “Gender Identity”

 “Just an old shoe.” That’s how Thomas Chisholm, born in a Kentucky log cabin in 1866, often described himself. Though plagued with poor health throughout his life and no more than a grade-school education, he became a teacher at 16 and authored 1200 hymns in his 93 years on earth.

He wrote Great is Thy Faithfulness in the middle of a hymnal war in 1923. At the time of its writing, some of the most famous revivalists had soared to popularity with songbooks full of shallow lyrics. The gospel had disappeared from gospel songs. Chisholm wanted something different, a substantive song that would speak to his own despair—a testimony of the hope he had found in Lam. 3:19-24, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed because His compassions fail not.”

You can discover more about the story behind the hymn and find a devotional inspired by it at A Cup of Devotion.

This is where I struggle with the question, “How to inspire wise problem solving and good choice making for kids and their families?” It’s been a dilemma whether to address only Christians or the general public with STEAMcraft Kids. The fields are white for harvest in the public arena. On the other hand, the demand would be to eliminate any mention of the One who set this whole thing in motion.

How can they choose God tomorrow if they can’t prove Him today?

Though a stretch, it looks like there will be a hymn devotional for the adult along with a quality STEAM activity (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) for the kids–and those who love them. The kits are simple enough for a child, complex enough for an adult. This is because the focus is on the parables of Creation.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness. . .” So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:26-27)

Everything in God’s universe reveals God’s infinity, God’s diversity, God’s individuality. God maintains the identity and individuality of everything He creates.

Kids today are confused about their individuality. Boy or girl? Teachers are promoting this nonsense to their students at all grade levels. Yes, even Kindergarten! Children have enough to worry about. It is a shame that now they must make a decision as to whether or not to accept who God made them to be! For this reason, our first kit is centered around the theme of Individuality.

We take a close look at a tree and what it can tell us about our Creator God. The roots, the unseen parts, provide nourishment for the tree. The trunk connects the unseen to the seen. The leaves position themselves in such a way as to receive the most sunlight possible. No two leaves are exactly alike. Like Jesus, a tree gives and gives. There is much we can learn about God and about ourselves by looking at a tree.

Let us fill our children’s hearts and minds with great thoughts about who they are, created in the image of God! Now, that’s something worth thinking about.

We’ll keep you posted so you will know when our first kit, A Tree Firmly Planted, becomes available.

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