Recently I have had reason to go back and think about how I wound up in the amazing world children’s ministry, or Kidmin, as it’s called today. People often ask me how I got started doing what I’m doing, and the only thing I can really think of is simply that when God called, I picked up the phone . . .
Truth be told, like many others, I answered a bit reluctantly.
In the beginning, I was part of a Bible Study Fellowship group in Kingsport, TN. My group leader came to me one day and told me that “Anita” wanted to talk to me. “Anita” was the wonderful woman who served as our teaching director at BSF. I pretty much knew that if you had to go talk to Anita, you were either in trouble or you were going to be asked to consider coming on into leadership. Since I hadn’t had been causing any ruckuses lately, I figured there was a possibility that this could be about leadership–although I honestly couldn’t see myself leading a group of ladies in a Bible study. The next week I nervously made my way to the meeting with Anita. . .
Apparently, they couldn’t really see me leading a group of women either! Imagine my surprise when Anita asked me to pray about becoming a children’s leader!! Knowing me today, 20 years later, you probably aren’t too surprised by that. But to know me then, well, let’s just that if I was a diamond in the rough, there was a lot of polishin’ gonna be takin’ place!
And the God who is faithful wasted no time getting his sander out! Upon reluctantly answering that call of God on my life, I began to learn and grow and love the world of teaching children about God. All those little sayings about “God equipping the called, not calling the equipped” have rung true in my life.
I had no skills, abilities or background from which to draw. Only a little heart that wanted to do what God wanted me to, and to be used by Him however He wanted. And He took that little heart of mine, and combined it with that great big heart of His. I am thankful every day that He chooses to continue to use me, just an ordinary woman in an ordinary town, as He sees fit to help children find their way to Him. I think the fact that my ordinariness shows off God’s extraordinariness is why I have always loved this verse so much.
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
In the coming weeks, I hope to share a bit about that journey. If you serve somewhere in children’s ministry, some of these things may an encouragement and a help to you. If you serve elsewhere in your church, I think you will find encouragement for your journey, too. If you aren’t serving anywhere, I pray that you will see how God made you to serve and to share in order to help a lost world find their way to Him. Hey! Hey! The phone’s been ringing, it’s time to pick up!!! And if you are reading and you don’t know Him, I pray that you will see the God whose love for you is so great that you would be compelled to answer when He calls.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”