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If we truly want the kids in our ministry to understand the depth of God’s love, we must teach them about the limitlessness of His grace. For example—have you ever had one of your kids respond to the call for salvation every time you present it? This is fairly common in kids’ ministry. Many kids go through a season of questioning their salvation. This is why grace is such an important concept to teach them.
Actually, anyone who has spent time in ministry (whether full-time, part-time, or volunteer) knows this secret. Ministry is hard, but ministry can be incredibly rewarding at the same time. If we’re not careful, we will get fixated on the hard and miss the reward. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s okay to feel frustrations, sadness, or anger—it’s whether you hold on to them or not that really matters.
I’m thankful that life with God is a journey. He walks with us through trials that cause us to grow, and leads us through experiences that cause us to depend on and grow in Him in new ways each and every day. After being in full-time ministry for nearly nineteen years I don’t have many regrets. However, I do look back and consider how might I have started ministry differently if I knew then what I know now.
Back in 1977, when my pastor asked me to cover children’s church for one Sunday, I had no idea that thirty-eight years later I’d be writing this blog post. I also had no idea what God had in store for me. I’m thankful for all the wonderful doors, like this one, that He opened.
Early in ministry I was fortunate enough to learn the value of a code of ethics, or a set of standards to live by. I no longer remember who taught me this principle, but it has served me well. For me, three words became a guide to live by—a prayer to keep me focused. The prayer was, “Lord keep me holy, humble, and anointed.”