Years ago I was approached about serving in the kids’ ministry, specifically helping with the elementary-aged children. “Ew, gross, no. I don’t even like kids. I mean I like my own, but I don’t like other kids,” I said. It turns out, years later, that serving in that area has been one of the most joyful experiences in my life! Robbie S. and I were both in the Quest class for the first time on that Sunday…he as a kindergartner, me as a helper. How I love that guy! I watched him grow…watched lots of them grow up and out of Quest. It has been amazing and bittersweet for me. I have been so blessed by it! I didn’t have what it takes to teach, and I sure didn’t feel like I knew enough to teach. God still used me. He is awesome like that!
Serving must be important because it is mentioned throughout Scripture. Luke 6:38 says “…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” What are you getting when you serve others? Blessings, love, and joy, to name just a few.
One morning I used my laptop to show them a live stream of a bald eagle nest with two eaglets in it. My point was going to be how we’re watching them, and they aren’t even aware of it like God watches us when we aren’t aware. Well, mama eagle brought in a squirrel for lunch at just that moment. The kids were horrified. I said, while turning it off as quickly as I could, well it’s the circle of life. Eagles have to eat, too. Peyton W. said, “I’m pretty sure the squirrel sees it as the circle of death!” With memories like that, I can never again say that I don’t like kids! God has given me more kids to love!!!
Find a place to serve the body, folks. It is so worth it!
Today in Prayer
- When you serve God do you see it as a privilege or a burden?
- In your daily prayer—thank God for the privilege of serving, and seek His help in areas where you see serving as a burden.
“…the Christian who gratefully acknowledges what God has done for him for eternity should be able to serve God cheerfully and with joy.” Donald Whitney