2010 was hard. Okay, maybe just the last nine months.
I work with a team of people who long to create everything
possible to resource the church. So in 2010, we created (ready for
this?) two fall festival kits, two Christmas outreach kits, two Easter outreach kits, six Family Faith Celebrations kits, one Play ‘n’ Worship for Babies kit, two Throw-n-Tell Balls, five books, six magazines,
12 professional newsletters, and tons of little parts and pieces.
And we did it with half the staff we normally have. Double whew!
We found ourselves saying (repeatedly) to one another, “Just hang
on until (fill in the blank).”
I bet you can relate. One thing that’s true of those of us in
children’s ministry is that we’re extremely passionate, visionary,
idealistic, and, at times, crazy. We say yes to too much. We
overcommit. We work too many hours. We check email in the wee
hours. Yep, we’re crazy at times.
I don’t know about you but when I’m tired, I get whiny. I’m not so
fun, in other words. And when you work closely with a group of
people, you begin to see their ragged edges, too.
Then again, you also see them pitch in to help with whatever needs
to be done. To buy specialty coffee drinks to encourage others. To
forgive one another and let grace abound. To laugh hard at the
silliest things. To place the quality of a resource above any ego
issues — because in the long run it’s about serving you well and
advancing the kingdom of God.
I know you and your team get tired, too. God is the one who can
refresh and renew our spirits. And we’re looking to God to do just
that. (Oh, yeah, and to increase our team so we can share the load
a bit more!)
So on the heels of what my team would say is “tmi,” here’s what I
wish for you as we turn over another year. I wish for you that 2011
won’t be so easy that you don’t have to hang onto God every moment.
That you’ll have work to do that’ll leave your heart pumping and
tongue hanging out as you complete it. And that God will bless you
with great joy as you realize that every moment you’ve invested is
All that and also long naps, relaxing moments, and an
understanding family to see you through it all!