I have had the opportunity to be involved in one of the most important ministries in my church…the Nursery! I have been the nursery director at Vision Baptist church for nearly two years now, and the Lord has really used this ministry to teach me, and bless me far beyond what I would have EVER imagined.
When I first took the position, I thought to myself “How hard could it be?? Just get the ladies on a schedule, and keep the Nursery cleaned–No problem!” (Yeah right! I must have been delusional at that time, because I found that it’s a MUCH more difficult job than that!) scheduling volunteers has been the most challenging “Sudoku” puzzle every month, and some days I wonder why we even clean, it’s just going to be demolished in .5 seconds anyways 🙂
In the beginning, I found myself frustrated with my inabilities, hurt when volunteers wouldn’t show up, and annoyed at messes left in the Nursery. It wasnt a “Joy” for me, and I realized one day that I either needed to quit, or find my purpose and love for it again. Thats when the Lord allowed Colossians 3 to speak to me, and really change my heart.
For those of you who are involved in any ministry, I’d like to encourage you in the ways that God has for me.
12-13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another….”
-Its going to happen, Moms and Volunteers will be unhappy–Cups will be lost, you’ll schedule someone two services in a row on accident, and Oh forbid the day that one kid was fed another’s’ bottle (eeek!) but instead of being defensive or upset, putting on those godly characteristics is what the Bible teaches us to do.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
-Charity (love), is the glue that will hold a (Nursery) ministry together. It’s not enough to love the ministry itself with all of your heart; It requires that same kind of love towards the moms and volunteers as well. It’s not always easy…but it’s the only way it can work.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
-As believers, we are one body. It is not me, and 40 volunteers, and 20+ kids…we are ONE. The Lord needs to be the sole authority in all that goes on, and above all, we should be thankful for the opportunity. When we love each other, and are thankful, that is when we will be successful.
7 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
-Do– In HIS name. To many, a “Nursery” wouldn’t be a very significant ministry, but whatsoever ye do, do ALL in His name…I think that even includes changing a dirty diaper.
Maybe you’ve noticed that I havent mentioned anything about difficulties with the kiddos? Well–I learned early on that the kids are the easy part! I’ve been blessed beyond measure by my time keeping and teaching the kids. In fact, we are now starting to say good-bye to some of our Missionary Kids, as they head to the field, and truth be told, it has been heart breaking! I love those little ones as if they were my own family…knowing that I had the honor of teaching them in the early stages, and then seeing them board planes to go all across the world is just amazing to me.
So if I can encourage you, whether you are a Nursery worker in your local church, if you ARE the nursery in your church plant on the foreign field, or maybe even if you just have little ones in a nursery somewhere, God can use even the “tiniest” of ministries to make a difference. Be thankful for even those small things, and opportunities–He will Bless you through it.
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With a thankful heart,