Why Kids Rock

Posted on June 27, 2012 by Jeff

I used to blog. Then I stopped. Now I’m trying to start again.

I’m not sure why I stopped. I may have run out of ideas. It may have been a choice on my part to avoid being a part of the bloggification of America. I think the main culprit is that throughout 2011, I wrote a book. If you were unaware that I wrote a book, that means you masterfully avoided my lame attempts at self-promotion. I found it tough to blog while writing a book because if I had a good thought for a blog, it made it into my book.

If you’d like to read my book, snoop around this fourthfloor.org website and you’ll find the place to order it.

Since completing my book, I’ve had several days when I would think, “Jeff, you should start blogging again.” Only to be met with a total void of inspiration. I would open the laptop with the intention of writing something, but would instead find myself perusing through Facebook, naively thinking inspiration would be found there. Facebook has the ability to steal a half hour of your life and in exchange make you feel worse about yourself and annoyed with all of your friends. Seriously, when was the last time you found something interesting, inspiring or the least bit thought provoking on Facebook? (Unless, of course, you saw my link to this blog on facebook.)

So, in an attempt to prime the good idea pump, I’ll begin blogging again. And I guess I’ll start with what the Kerrs have been up to.

We recently spent two weeks at Lake Geneva Christian Campground in Alexandria MN. Kristie and I (plus our kids) were there to lead worship for kids camp. This is the kids camp for the Minnesota Assemblies of God churches. Each week had about 500 kids in attendance. We were joined by a music team of 12 -18 year-olds—one of which was my 12-year-old daughter, Lucy. This was the first time I’ve been involved leading worship with one of my kids and it was fabulous. Having Lucy on stage with us resulted in many a proud glance exchanged between Kristie and I. Those glances would of course be met with eye rolls and “lame” looks from Lucy.

The future of worship leading is in good hands with Lucy.

We had a blast at kids camp. Kristie and I both have fond memories of kid’s camp growing up. I know first hand how spiritually impactful a week at camp can be for a kid. We were honored to take part in it.

We grew tired of the food. And we grew just plain tired. Keeping musical control over a band of 12-18 year olds is like herding musical cats. I’ve learned that it’s impossible for a 13 year old bass player to NOT play “Smoke on the water” or “Living on a prayer” 300 times repeatedly, each at an increased tempo. I learned that driving a van full of 12-18 year old musicians is an assault on each of the 5 senses – especially when said van has a broken air conditioner.

But coming off of our stay at camp, I will now give you several reasons why kids are better than adults.

They don’t allow circumstances to keep them from having fun. A couple of the days each week at camp were cold and rainy. If this was a grown up camp, everyone would be huddled inside playing cards or trying to find Internet access so they could check in at facebook, or find a TV so they could watch The People’s Court. But at kids camp, activities continued as normal. The beachfront was full. The obstacle course and other outdoor games continued as normal, they all just got muddier. I suppose kids think, “It’s just water and mud… and THAT is no reason to stop having fun.”

They don’t waste a day. Each week, one of the nights was very stormy. Heavy rain, wind and thunder. As a result, most of the camp was up most of the night. For grown ups, this would lead to a resignation of sorts: “I didn’t sleep at all last night… therefore I have an excuse to be sour, crabby and lazy all day.” But at kids camp, much to the grownups dismay, the kids continued on at their normal pace.

They make new friends – quickly.

Finally, the biggest reason kids are better than grown ups is what I experienced as the worship leader. Kids are better worshippers than grownups. They participate. If there were actions, they did them. If I told them to clap their hands, they clapped. If I encouraged them to raise their hands, they raised them. If I taught a new song, they learned it. If the sound was bad, they didn’t seem to care. As the worship leader, at no point did I feel like I had to coax them along. Now certainly, for some of these kids, the worship time was simply a fun time to shout, clap, jump and dance – the deeper spiritual meaning may have been lost. But the simplicity and enthusiasm of their participation was awesome. I’d like to be more like that when I worship.

I’m not sure what happens to people once they “grow up.” I guess the main difference between kid and grown up is that the grown ups have a longer list of excuses to avoid participating in new things and having fun. I suppose the pressure and routine of grown up life wears on us. As a kid you don’t have to face those pressures. As a kid, you can enjoy life because you’re father is taking care of all the important stuff – providing, leading, teaching, encouraging etc.

If only as a grown up, we had a Father who would provide, lead, teach and encourage us, so we could live life to the full and not worry so much about all the details of life…

… Oh wait.