To some it’s macaroni, to others, it’s art.

July 21, 2012

I just finished spending days in The Resource Room of Doom.  It’s a space in our church that gets cleaned once every five years whether it needs it or not.   It’s a place where you can find hardened craft-paint, empty glue bottles, dull scissors, broken crayons, dried up markers, and paper exactly one-half inch narrower than you need.  Oh, and there’s a three-thousand-year supply of  Easter Grass.  I was inspired to do something about it when thinking about my friend Tracy’s resource room, where even her crayons are stored in alphabetical order.

I readily admit that neither arts nor crafts are listed in my spiritual gift mix.  As a child we would walk to the elementary school and, for a quarter, make ceramic tile ash trays, copper horses heads, braided whistle holders, or a host of other useless stuff.  Even as a child I knew that the true value of these “pieces of art” came from the fact that we were out of the house for an hour.  But I’ll bet that even today you would be able to find the gift I made for my mother – it’s a cigar box covered with macaroni and painted gold.

Sometimes in ministry we do things because they need to be done, not because we are good at it, or even because we enjoy it.   At other times we are fortunate to be right in the middle of a “God moment.”  You know what I mean; a Genesis 28:16 kind of moment where we look up and say, “Surely the Lord is in this place.”

We do the mundane, the ordinary, drudgery even, for the opportunity to be in the room when the Lord shows up.   Watching as a child is baptized knowing that they understand what just happened.  Watching “the lights go on” as a child realizes how much God loves him.

Much of what we do in Children’s ministry is joyful.  If you are a small group leader you know the joy of building relationships and leading kids toward Jesus.  If you are a storyteller, you know the satisfaction that comes when you see in a child the realization that she is loved and that this story is for her.  If you lead worship you can see it and hear it when a child experiences the love of God firsthand.  And it makes the mundane manageable.

So, whether you are in a season of planting, where nothing shows and your back hurts, a season of watering, where everything just looks muddy and your socks are always wet, or a season of harvest where everything looks, smells and tastes terrific, what’s important is that you are obedient in doing what God asks you to do, no matter the season, and no matter how comfortable it is (or isn’t).

The success of children’s ministry is two-fold.  One, it takes people who are obedient and love to engage with kids, like large group/small group leaders.  It also takes people who are obedient and love to do behind the scenes work that makes it easy for the people who work with kids, and helps the ministry wheel turn smoothly and beautifully.   Both types of people are needed.  Which person are you?  Because there really is something for everybody to do.  Read the book of Nehemiah, and notice that everyone, regardless of their skill set, was given a kingdom task.  And when Moses took a collection to build a Tabernacle for the Lord, he had to actually ask them to stop giving, they gave too much.

So find a place, regardless of your age, or your gift mix, and get involved in the Kingdom.  It might be in children’s ministry, if so, give me a call or drop me an e-mail.  It might be cleaning up after others, or organizing a resource room, or it might be face to face with someone who needs to hear about Good’s love.

Whatever it is, find a place to serve the King by serving others.


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