My mind has been in a whirl as I contemplate so many things that I have to do within the next month. As I thought about all of these very important things I need to do, I realized that I needed to keep in mind what the main purpose of each item should be.
Let me explain what I mean. Within two weeks, our school year ends. We have an end of the school graduation, and I have to take pictures of Kiley as she is graduating from Kindergarten, get a “yearbook” for our school done, get things ready to celebrate our wonderful teacher who is moving on to a different phase of her life after teaching at our little school for 7 years, and all of the other end of school happenings (last field trip, finish teaching, meeting for next year, etc.)
Then I am in charge of our church’s VBS. Our church hasn’t done one in 3 years, and I haven’t been here when they have done one. So I need to see what we can do to reach our community and get our own church people excited to be involved. Crafts need to be organized and gotten ready, my lessons for 4th -6th grade need to be prepared, a door hanger needs to be made, canvassing neighborhoods with said door hangers, snacks have to be bought, decorations will have to be done, etc.
I am also having our teens be in charge of the children’s Wednesday night ministry this summer. So I am getting the schedule all prepared and getting ready to share again with our church members how they can share in our children’s lives their testimonies this summer.
It’s a little overwhelming — yet exciting. I am excited for God to show Himself strong. I have heard how our culture has changed. There are day camps that kids will attend instead of the VBS programs. I am not equipped to do what needs to be done. Yet God still can reach this generation for His name’s sake — if we are trying to accomplish His purpose.
As I was talking to a church member today about a kid’s program, I asked the question: “What is the purpose of this one ministry?” As we looked at the ministry we were discussing, we could go two different directions based on what we decided was the purpose.
This made me think about all these things that I have been thinking about the past week non-stop. I need to know my purpose — and more importantly, what God’s purpose is — for doing the different ministries and stick to this purpose.
We know Jesus had a purpose statement. Here is His purpose statement:
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. John 6:38
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 4:34
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30
He knew what His purpose was. This shows me how important it is for me to make sure I know what God’s purpose is for what I am doing. So here are some of my purpose statements that I am trying to stay focused on during these crazy busy months.
Why are we doing VBS?
- to reach our community for Christ
- to strengthen our own children in their own faith
To reach our community, they must hear. So yes, we must get the word out about our VBS. We must make it look enticing. But most importantly, we must make sure the Word of God is proclaimed in such a way that the children — and the parents — will be able to understand the Word of God. So I must make sure that I start studying the lessons!
What is the purpose of our kids’ Wednesday night program this summer?
- Again, to share the Word of God with our children so that they might know God better.
- To have our teenagers learn how to teach others the Word of God.
- To have our older Christians pass their faith to the next generation.
On Wednesday night, we have a choir time for the kids, a snack time, and a game time. That is all important. But the lesson time is the most important. I am so excited that this summer our older generation will have an opportunity to share their faith with the generation that will one day be the leaders. Our kids need to hear about the faith of these dear saints. I also am excited for our teens to learn how to lead songs, teach verses, and even maybe how to teach a lesson. They will need to do it one day as we won’t always be around.
What is/should be my purpose in even leading up these ministries?
That God will be glorified — I cannot do any of this without His help:
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. II Corinthians 12:9-10
To see God magnified
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the LORD; The humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1-3
This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. Psalm 118:23
To see other Christians grow, become more equipped, and to be encouraged in their faith
for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ; Ephesians 4:12
To see souls saved
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Here were some of my favorite thoughtful posts from last week: (I try to pin many to my Thoughtful Thursday’s Pinterest board.)
- I liked this post about Interruptions from A New Lens. There is a good quote from C. S. Lewis about interruptions on the bottom of the post.
- I loved these teacher gift ideas (What the Teacher Really Wants – A Round Up of Ideas) from Jenny Louise Marie.
- Here are some great “Best Gentle Discipline Quotes” from Bits of Positivity.
- We Really Want Your Kids in Church So . . . from Mary and Martha’s House is a good post for parents with young children to read on how to get your little kids ready to sit, follow directions from others, and have a great church experience.
- Helping Kids LOVE the Outdoors from Walking in High Cotton
There were so many great posts this past week! I pinned many of them to my board even though I did not share them all here.
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