Standing in the way…
So many great things happened yesterday!!
Our brand new program for children 3 and under (First Steps) began. We had a BLAST with the little munchkins. No one cried when they were dropped off and they weren’t not ready to go when parents got there to pick them up. That’s success folks! The parents are excited and so are the volunteers. The little ones? I think they’re excited too – but I couldn’t get them to stand still long enough to ask them.
Then at JUSTIFIED last night something really awesome happened … for two years we’ve been trying different things to attract more middle school students. Beginning last night, the middle school group now spends half the time with their small group leader and the other half of the time doing a crazy game or activity with one of our other leaders and the members of our Post High School group. We announced the change in church yesterday morning and when JUSTIFIED rolled around in the evening, the middle school guys group had more than doubled in size. They had a blast and will definitely be returning next week. I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring friends. I heard from the small group leader that the lesson and discussion went really well. The pastor was there helping out and he said the boys were awesome. Totally engaged.
As if that wasn’t enough, the new games leader called me an hour after the program ended to find out our summer schedule so she could plan activities. She’s gung-ho … which is so encouraging. Next week they’re sculpting spam.
Recently, I’ve been feeling over committed and unable to keep up with everything that needs to be done. So if you want to know what brilliant, inspired things I’ve done to make these successes happen, the answer is ‘none’
It leads me to wonder … was I somehow, without meaning to, standing in the way of what God was trying to do in our programs?
In what other areas of my life and ministry am I standing in the way of what He is trying to do?
It seems this is the answer to my prayer for Lent: He must increase and I must decrease.
Glory to God.