I’ll let you in on a secret-–kids are my favorite age group!
Their wonder, imagination, curiosity, joy, laughter, and eagerness captivate me and draw me in to celebrate their goodness. Kids are such a blessing, despite what their actions might say from time to time. They teach us lessons we couldn’t lean on our won.
Whether they realize this or not, a child’s inherent nature is to grow, be independent, and teach others what they have learned. Knowing this, it is not surprising that kids need positive reinforcement to help them learn to cope with life long after they have passed into adulthood. Fostering these positive moments with kids inspires me to invest in their precious lives with the goal of brightening their future.
Here’s something you may haven’t thought of before.
You can too!
You can make an eternal difference in the life of a child and learn a few things about yourself along the way!
Here are three simple reasons every one should consider serving kids.
1. For God.
Psalm 127: 3-5
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”
Ultimately, I serve because it is my calling. God put us on this earth for the purpose to serve the kingdom of God through sharing the gospel. As kids learn from modeling, seeing their parents and adults love serving in the church can directly affect their desire to serve the church too. Kid’s ministry gives volunteers the unique chance to minister not just to the child but to the whole family.
2. The Kids.
Proverbs 22: 6
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
This seems a bit silly because obviously, I serve in kid’s ministry for the kids. Sometimes though, I feel as if people forget their actual purpose for serving. These kids (who can be so easily influenced positively/negatively) are the future. They are our future leaders, principals, pastors, teachers, doctors, counselors, etc. If we take the time to pour the truth of Jesus into them now, who knows what their futures could look like? It’s a scary yet beautiful thing that we, through Jesus Christ, have the power to shape and influence these little minds.
3. Genuine Fun.
This may say something about how exciting my life is or isn’t, BUT Sunday mornings are my favorite time of the week. I love that serving in kid’s ministry gives me the opportunity to bring out my inner-child. On any given Sunday, you can find me dancing like no one is watching, shouting songs at the top of my lungs, playing silly games, or watching silly videos. Yet, those aren’t my favorite things. My FAVORITE things are that ALL of these activities point the kids back to Jesus. There isn’t a single thing that happens in kids ministry each Sunday that isn’t backed up by scripture or doesn’t serve a purpose for furthering our knowledge of the gospel.
I love the uniqueness of kids ministry and the fact that I am learning alongside the kids as I fulfilling my calling. While kid’s ministry may not be your calling, prayerfully consider investing in our kids one Sunday a month as we create positive God-filled moments that will help them in the future.