It's the time of year that we think about those special people in our lives...
- best friends
We want them to feel the love!
We think about heart health...
- proper exercise
- eating healthy
- lowering our chloresteral
We want to be around for the ones we love to continue feeling the love!
We cut out hearts.
Quote silly rhymes.
Read conversation hearts.
And wear something red.
All that thinking about special people and great hearts makes me think of children's ministry leaders.
I checked the calendar..
did you realize there's no day for these special people that serve in children's ministry?
There's Groundhog's Day. Really? That's one holiday that I've NEVER understood!
Sweetest Day. What is that?
And Boss's Day.
Lot's of great days...
like Veterans Day
and Columbus Day...
But not a single day to celebrate some of the most important people in the world-
Children's Ministry Leaders!
Not just the Children's Ministry Leaders with an office and a door with their name on it, but also the ones
that don't always wear the title, but they wear the hat and carry the responsibility on their hearts. Responsibilities that takes them to their knees and opens their wallets to resource their passion.
Sometimes it's a great ministry to be included in and sometimes it's not!
Sometimes, it's just plain tough. Sometimes ya feel like ya know your stuff, and sometimes you feel totally stupid. And very few of us have found a way to convert sticky hugs into a currency that will pay the light bill.
Order in the classroom can feel more like organizing grasshoppers. Sometimes you have their attention and sometimes you don't.
Sometimes they love ya and sometimes, ...well, it would seem...not so much!
Sometimes you love them and then...
that's another subject for another post.
Sometimes they wanna pray and sometimes they wanna play! That's just how kids are.
Sometimes they wander and sometimes we wonder if we're in the right ministry.
The role of these mighty men and women of God is often reduced to the title "baby sitter." It is considered the "toliet bowl" ministry by many people in many churches.
While we unload a trunk load of visuals and props to make the lesson come alive, we watch people meandering and laughing--fellowshipping.
Often we feel:
Sometimes by people, but never by God.
God saw a giant killer, a king...when everyone else saw only a mere hillbilly shepherd boy, called David.
God sees different than we do!
He places high value on hidden people
- in trenches
- shaping lives
- teaching truths
People like you. I want to say thank you from the depths of my heart. Thank you for loving God most of all. Thank you for allowing the overflow of that love to lavish onto boys and girls.
But not just loving them, that a great place to start, but it fails to meet their greatest need. And you understand that better than anyone---ANYONE! You've seen enough tragedy to understand their greatest need is Jesus.
And you love them enough to sacrifice.
To share The Truth-JESUS.
To Teach Truth.
To live Truth.
To demonstrate Truth!
You are persistent, when they wiggle.
You find a key, when the door to their heart seems locked.
You love, when they act like porcupines. And sometimes you've had some painful quills to prove that fact.
You give, and teach and serve when others have more important things to do...because you have discovered that shaping the heart of a child is always better than repairing the heart of a broken adult.
Thank you! I hope you feel the love. But more important I hope you feel God's love. And more than just feel it I pray that you are rooted and grounded in that love so you can experience all the fullness of God.