Romans 12:11; II Timothy 2:15
As Christians, we are called to a life of perseverance. We are to move ahead with careful, steady effort. To have an excellent Center, we cannot become sluggish or indifferent.
Mediocrity IS OUR ENEMY
If you are diligent you will:
want to give up at times
BUT YOU WILL persevere
I had just begun as Children’s Pastor in a different church and knew that the most excellent Children’s Ministry was achieved when volunteers met monthly for training and evaluation. For the first few months, only a few people showed up. The fourth month, only two people were at the meeting. I was so frustrated I sat with the two who had come and cried. Everyone told me to give it up. People were just too busy to come to meetings.
Matthew 18 was always going over and over in my mind – I knew God expected me to do everything I could to provide an excellent Children’s Ministry. I REFUSED TO GIVE UP. Slowly the attendance began to grow until there were 20, 30 and even 40 people turning out for these volunteer gatherings.
EXCELLENCE DEMANDS GOING THE EXTRA MILE!
You will bear fruit if you are excellent.
What may be some of the fruit you will produce if you have an excellent Center?
(Children catching a love for Jesus, parents coming to church, grades improving, behavior improving, life skills learned, etc.)
There will be continual change and growth in the program. You will never be content with how things are going now, even if they are pretty good.
You will be growing as an individual, spiritually, emotionally and professionally. Don’t be satisfied with where you are. Browse through a book store at least once a month for the latest children’s books, educational books, and craft and recreational books. OR browse through the internet for books, children’s ministry ideas, parenting ideas.
Seek God daily! Allow God to show you His truth in your innermost being. Hunger after knowledge about child development, parenting skills and how to motivate children to learn.
LOOK BACK AT WHERE YOU’VE COME FROM
CELEBRATE WHERE YOU ARE
LOOK FORWARD TO WHERE YOU CAN GO
Through God, you can meet whatever is thrown at you. You know that apart from God you can do nothing. However, you know in your heart that all things are possible with God. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
You go beyond what you have to do. You look for what you can do, even if it is tedious or means more work, longer hours, getting dirty, looking ridiculous, or taking risks.
I was leading a vacation Bible school program with hundreds of children. Each day the children were to bring pennies, which were to go to a missionary. My son visited the first day and at the end of the day was giving me a critique of what he had observed.
“Mom, you have to give the kids a reason to bring in their pennies that is more concrete than just helping the missionaries,” he challenged.
So I thought about it and the next morning told the kids that if they brought in a certain number of pennies, she would let the interns (six college students hired to run the summer weekday activities) do anything to me that they wanted.
The interns told the kids that at the big closing celebration, they were going to turn me into a hot fudge if enough money was raised.
The week had a new excitement to it. I egged on the kids telling them there was no way they could raise so much money. The kids kept saying, “Wait till Friday night.”
Friday evening arrived. As families began arriving, I was walking around the church dressed in a long black evening dress. The kids were aghast! “Wanda, your dress is going to get ruined.”
“No way! You haven’t raised enough money,” I needled.
One dad came up and told me that he had gone around his office collecting money because this was one event he wanted to make sure happened.
As you might guess, the money was raised. I changed clothes and was brought out to sit in a wading pool while the interns poured ice cream, whip cream, chocolate syrup, nuts and cherries over me. The church was packed with children and families. There was a sense of electricity in the building.
I didn’t have to allow myself to be made a fool of, but I knew the difference it would make in the week. What I wasn’t counting on was the lasting effect it had. Many parents came up afterward and told me how much they appreciated my willingness to go the extra mile so that their kids could be challenged and grow.
Excellence demands a realization that I am responsible for the outcome of what happens at the Center. It requires awareness that one day, I will stand before the Lord and He will judge the effort I put into my ministry.
Aim for high quality in all you do. Continually ask yourself, “Can this be done better?”
Excellence demands that you be honest with yourself. It is easy to fool oneself because the heart is deceitful beyond all else, Jeremiah 17:9
It is easy to think you are doing something great – when you really aren’t!
The Challenge of the Pedestal