Wording of this Handout:
Keep going - keep growing.
Children are always making mistakes. they forget things. They get confused. They act silly. They talk when they are meant to be listening. The wriggle. They say nasty things. They hit and bite and hurt others.... but they are usually quick to say sorry, and forgive, and get on with their life.
Christians have a tough life. They have to go against the current of the world, instead of going with it, like most people around them. Their conscience is also much more alive, so they can't do even tiny things wrong without feeling guilty.
But God keeps loving, and helping, and he never leaves us while we struggle along. And God likes to see us making as stand, and living his way.
I many not be perfect, but I know who my father is!
The Bible says "Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you... for God did not give us a spirit of timidness, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."
(2 Timothy 1:6,7, New International Version)