I volunteer in the children’s ministry at my church (specifically, with kids in the fives/kindergarten-age set), and have done so for the past several years. I love spending time with the children each week, and am so grateful for my time with them!
I learn something from them every week. Usually, they say something off-hand that is nonetheless quite profound. Here’s an example for you:
- Me: What happened when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in the Garden of Eden?
- Little Girl: They got grounded by Jesus.
I’m smiling as I recall that memory, mostly because the little girl was right! Adam and Eve sort of got grounded by Jesus – I simply had never viewed the story quite that way before.
I’m also incredibly blessed to serve alongside two great guys each week, and they’ve become dear friends of mine, too (and if it’s not apparent to you by now, I’m female!). The three of us have connected as friends and fellow believers in the body of Christ, and it’s been a privilege to be able to pray for and become better acquainted with these men and their families.
Jesus said it best in Luke 18:16 (NLT):
Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.“
Let the children come to Me. I feel the same. I love spending time with the kids each week, and I really appreciate how God teaches me something new about Himself through my time with them. Serving them is a real joy (even on the days when they are a bit squirrely!). 🙂
Here is my prayer for today: Dear God, Thank You for the children I have the privilege of serving each Saturday! You know how much I care for each of them, and am inspired to see their growing love and knowledge of You, too. Thanks also for giving me the opportunity to serve alongside two wonderful men who are striving to follow You wholeheartedly, and also are raising their own children in the fear and knowledge of You, too. Finally, thanks for giving me a heart for this ministry, and for teaching me more about You as I serve the children each week. In Your name I pray, Amen.