Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.
Colossians 3:23 (HCSB)
The cool thing about Kids Ministry is that it’s not hard to see how the tasks we’re doing can be done for the Lord. Sure, there are some things that seem tedious, but, overall, we should be able to clearly see how these tasks tie in to our mission of making disciples.
So, why aren’t we enthusiastic about everything we do? The problem for us is not the work we’re doing, but the way we view this work. We view it as “ours.” It’s “our” event or “our” program. When we take complete ownership over our work, we often get stressed, burnt out, or feel like we just can’t ever truly succeed. There are times when it feels like nothing is going the way we have planned, but it is important for us to step back and realize that we are not the sole owners of our ministry. God has entrusted us with the ministries He has given us, but they are ultimately all His.
Colossians 3:23 takes on a whole new meaning when we start to view our work as not just our own but as work the Lord has given us. We no longer have to feel like we’re striving in our own power to successfully complete a task. We no longer have to feel like we’ll fail if we don’t reach all the goals we set.
When we come to the realization that we do not have to worry about results, but, instead, have to work enthusiastically and to the best of our abilities, and then turn it over to the Lord to take care of the results, we should immediately feel comforted. We may not have any control over crazy things that happen, but we serve the One who does. Our joy should be restored because of this simple fact, and our work should become enthusiastic as we continue on in our mission of making disciples.