School is out for the kids, which means no homework! No writing assignments. No math problems to do. No spelling tests. No projects. They are loving it! However, school is still in session for 1 member of my family: my husband. Almost 2 years ago, Andrew decided to go back to school to finish his college degree. He is working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Math. He goes year round, taking 2-3 courses a semester and works full-time IN ATLANTA (an hour commute from our house). He works so hard and I am so proud of him! It is definitely hard on him and this summer semester will be a challenge. He is doing 2 short-term sessions, taking Spanish 1 the first session and Spanish 2 the second session. Lots of studying, language labs, and projects to do in a short amount of time. All the while, working full-time and trying to deal with Atlanta traffic. Not an easy task for anyone.
As I watch Andrew study each night and work on his assignments, it reminded me that we all have daily assignments…from God, that is. God has called each of us to do important things for Him. Each day when we wake, God has an assignment. Maybe that’s to reach out to someone in need, to help the poor, to donate clothes or food to a family in need, to talk to someone you have never talked to before, to smile more, to be happy, to apologize to those you hurt, to go to church, to get involved in your church (like as a volunteer in the children’s ministry!), to pray, to read your Bible, to call your mother or father, to tell your sister or brother you love them, or maybe even to not talk at all but just listen.
How can we know what God wants us to do? I think the best way to do this is to pray, be silent, and listen. Every morning when you wake up, you should immediately spend time with God. Find a quiet place, open your Bible, pray and listen. Ask God to speak to you. Ask God to show you what he wants you to do for Him that day. How do I know if that’s God talking to me or not? Well, the best answer I can give for that is…you just know. Hard to say exactly how we know, but we just do. When God speaks, you just get this feeling and you know that’s what God wants you to do. Remember that your prayer time needs not to be filled with just you talking and asking God, but you must also spend time being silent before the Lord. God says “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Something we have a real hard time doing, too.
Some of these assignments may be small (normal daily activities), but others may be bigger. Maybe you feel God calling you into the ministry. Maybe you feel God asking you to change your ministry. Maybe you feel God asking you to move. Maybe you feel God asking you to do something that’s totally out of your comfort zone. Maybe you feel God asking you to do something that you never really liked to do.
For almost a year now, I have felt God asking me to write. And let me tell you, writing was something I loathed as a child/teenager. I hated it! I couldn’t stand having to write a paper. Never in a million years would I think that God would ask me to do something which I never liked to do. I started this blog back in September and have thoroughly enjoyed writing. I write because I want to encourage others in Children’s Ministry. Maybe you are reading my posts and you aren’t a Children’s Minister, or maybe you’re not even in the ministry at all. But, my prayer is that what I write may be an encouragement to anyone who reads it.
I want you to see your life as important because you are a child of God and because God has special assignments for you each day. We just have to take the time to ask and then listen to what God wants us to do. No matter how big or small the assignment, each is important to being a servant of God. Wake up ready for the next task and know that whatever it is God wants you to do, He will give you the ability to do it and will walk with you every step of the way.
What do you feel God is calling you to do? Please comment below and share with us. I’d love to pray for you!