Ever had one of those days where you wonder if the kids in your ministry are hearing anything you say? Today was one of those days for me. It was a fun day in church with the kids, but I left our large group time wondering if they got anything I said. It was a great message today because it was about the birth of Jesus. We sang some fun Christmas songs with the Go Fish Guys and then lit our Advent wreath. I began the Bible story time by showing a clip from the Charlie Brown Christmas movie. It’s the part where Linus tells Charlie Brown that he knows the true meaning of Christmas. I love that movie! Then I went on to share the story of the birth of Jesus found in Luke 2. The kids helped me open 6 different presents that held different objects that pertained to the story (great concept from our 252 Basics curriculum). It was fun watching them open the presents and then wonder how what I wrapped had anything to do with the story.
The kids were their usual talkative selves. However, they seemed to laugh and scream and talk more than usual today. And it was a very important message for them to hear today too. God gave us the best gift ever in Jesus Christ. We read John 3:16 and talked about what it means to believe in Jesus and accept him into our hearts. Do they really understand the importance of this belief in Jesus? Do they really get that Jesus was born so that he could save us?
I walked out of our large group time praying that those kids listened to something that I said today. I guess I was feeling a little discouraged and frustrated. I just want each child to love Jesus and accept him into their hearts. Then I opened a letter from a friend/parent/volunteer. Her sweet family had made me some cookies and she had written a note. In her note she thanked me for showing love to the kids and then she said, “You change lives every day.”
That one sentence changed my way of looking at this morning. Her encouraging note made me realize that the things I do and teach with the kids at church does matter. It made me realize that even if I have discouraging days, I am making a difference. It made me realize that even if I think the kids aren’t listening, they are. I may not think so, but God is working in their hearts through the words I speak.
I am sure you have your discouraging days, but may the words of my friend speak encouragement to you. May you realize that everything you do as a Children’s Minister is important. May you remember, “You change lives every day”.