I just had a big "Aha!" moment yesterday (you will laugh at that if you've already done PowerLab).
Sometimes (just sometimes, really, it's not all the time), I get this idea that I'm supposed to do everything and to do it all excellently. I'm pretty smart so I don't know why I can't understand that doing everything is IMPOSSIBLE. Someday I'll get through my little head.
I visited with a children's ministry coordinator for a church 7 times as large as mine. Bigger is better, right?
Why is that? Why do we automatically think that a big church has it all together while smaller churches aren't doing things very efficiently? Is there any truth to that?
I have visions to improve our nursery, update our toddler Sunday school room and curriculum, decorate the children's wing in bright and wild colors, create sets, redo our entire organization, write a ministry vision, create a brochure, take photographs of children and put them everywhere.... and I'm out of breath just talking about it.
So, where is all of that in the Scripture? I'm not saying my ideas are bad, but maybe I need to rethink my purposes and God's command. Jesus called us to go into the world and preach the gospel, making disciples of the nations. I need to keep it simple stupid (KISS) if you know what I mean.
If redecorating helps me bring in more kids to tell about Jesus, then it fits in my purpose. If 3 new programs just end up being extra babysitting for kids midweek, am I fulfilling my God-given purpose?
I don't know why, but I felt compelled to share this with you today. I think we get so caught up in the trappings of doing stuff for God, that we forget WHY we're doing it in the first place. Yes, excellence is a good thing, but it's all about Jesus. I want people to know about this wonderful Jesus, who has changed my life. And I need to keep THAT my focus.