Well to be completely honest with you... it was not in the master plan at all to work with kids... in fact I was once asked to work in the kids area at my old church and the first thing that popped into my head was, "No way!!! I want to do something more exciting than that!"
I worked mainly with the youth group because I wasn't much older than them and it was fun and once I received the word I was to go into full time ministry I was excited and scared, but their was no doubt I was supposed to go to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Now I was back and forth a little with other schools and whether I was ready or would be ready or what God had in store for me, but Bethel was and is in the plan.
A full time job opportunity came up as a logistics specialist in a GM warehouse, so I called and got the job. The perfect opportunity to pay for Bethel... but it was a second shift job which meant no more youth group which was a little upsetting, but there was no doubt in my mind that this was a blessing from God. Although now I wasn't serving anywhere. Then out of nowhere a gal from church swooped down and asked if I would shadow her back in the kids area.
Just to clarify, I was still not interested in Sunday School. I've seen it growing up. It's terribly boring. You just run around and chase kids and try to stop them from eating paste, and then get talked back at by the older kids that didn't want to be in there. In my mind I thought that I was just helping her in one drama skit where I pretended to be her shadow...
Well I showed up just to find out that I would sit back and watch everything (not to be a shadow) and decide if I would want to join The League of Children Workers. So I stood in the back watching not knowing what to expect, but what I saw was not kids eating paste or screaming at the teachers. I saw kids excited to be back there, excited to learn about God, and excited to worship Him. I remember the first time I saw them worship! I was just completely overwhelmed with joy and excitement. That started it all for me. Naturally I tried to pull away and go to another country to get ready for Bethel, but God and the Children's Pastor had something else in mind.
Recently I've been on a journey to make my heart unified with Christ. I've been praying things like “Give me a glimpse of your heart! Show me how you feel! Let me into your head! What do you think about certain things? Break my heart for what breaks yours!” I've been getting extraordinary glimpses into the heart of Jesus! I remember one day for worship back there I just sat on the ground and put my hands out and started praying, and Jesus just let me into the moment and showed me how he felt about what was happening, how he felt about the kids pouring their hearts out to Him. I broke out in tears.
Children's ministry is an awesome adventure and not because they’re cute kids or because they are silly, but because they are in love with the father and they know what it looks like to really worship God and to fall in love. Their minds are so open to who God is! There is no box that they put the Father in! Only the ones that people will try and set up for them. I really do believe that God is so complicated that only children can understand Him.
So when are we going to stop trying to figure out who God is and start to think like the kids do? When are we going to break those walls down and say, "God show me who you really are!" and be as dependable on Him as a child is with his parents?
“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” - Jesus, (Mark 10:14-15)
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