09 Feb Do You Have Eye Problems?

Vickie and I are soon approaching our 36th anniversary of being in children's ministry. I typed the number 36 and so please don't treat me like I'm just a few years younger than the Bible's oldest person, Methuselah. I know that there are plenty of people that have been in this ministry far longer than we have. (Please don't press me for names because right now my mind is drawing a blank.) And, I'll go on record and state that there are MANY more great, powerful years ahead of us. Whether you are in the category of "ancient of days" or "please burp me and change my diapers" (wait, that could be an older person too), here is a quote from the great apostle of faith Smith Wigglesworth that should be a mainstay in your ministry. "I am not moved by what I see. I am only moved by what I believe." Smith Wigglesworth What a powerful statement. Every children's/youth ministry leader needs to have a resolve that God is pouring out His Holy Spirit upon the children/youth in THIS generation. Circumstances and other's opinions may be loud and constant, but they have no influence on what we know to be true. We know that THIS is the generation of God-fearing, Word-believing, Spirit-demonstrating children and youth. Not the next generation. THIS generation. THIS generation includes the children and youth in OUR ministry! What we see with our physical eyes doesn't shake or shape what we believe. We are convinced that this TODAY Holy Spirit is at work orchestrating something that history has never witnessed and this causes us to dare to believe God and act out this belief. Check out your "believer". Has it been influenced by circumstances? Have other's opinions caused you to waiver?  If so, then come to this resolve ...

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02 Feb A Reminder

Sometimes, the best thing that I can do for myself is to take a 5 minute sabbatical from life and remind myself of some things that I know to be facts. Let's face reality. At times, "reality" and circumstances can be daunting. And so, escaping for those 5 shorts minutes can help me to place things back in perspective and help me to regain focus. Here are some things that I have to tell myself: * There is a God * There is a God and I'm not Him * There is a God and I'm not Him who loves me, provides for me, and directs me * There is a God and I'm not Him who loves me, provides for me, and directs me and He has strategically placed me where I am * There is a God and I'm not Him who loves me, provides for me, and directs me and He has strategically placed me where I am for this strategic assignment This may seem far too simplistic for you. But, it keeps me on the right path. It is a reminder that God in all of His infinite wisdom has strategically placed me where I am to strategically do what He has told me to do and it is His responsibility to provide all that is needed as He works in me and through me. After hearing this again, it makes it easier to pick myself up and once again begin to willingly obey His leadership and promptings, in other words, to keep on keeping on. For some of this vast readership, this is a right now, just in time word from God. So, close your eyes and take 5 minutes. Tell yourself what you know to be true. Then, go back and march again to His drumbeat. You have a job to do. Go do it....

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15 Dec Quit? Are You Kidding Me?

I know that I'm not alone when I say that there have been times when I've been tired and tired of being tired. Can you identify with this? If you've worked in any type of ministry for any length of time, it is easy to want to just give up. You've been in the same church and in the same classroom doing the same thing week after week, month after month, year after and year and you are (to use Southern vernacular) just slap worn out. It would be so easy to just turn in your resignation and make your years of ministry a distant memory. You've paid your "dues". Now, it's time for someone else to do what you've done. I'll admit, I've been there ...

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