If you have been reading this blog for some time, you know (or maybe don’t know) that I stepped in as the interim director for our Children’s Ministry at the Dickson campus of Crosspoint a few months back. I leave my house around 645am in the morning on Sundays to get to church to set up and many days don’t leave until after 1 in the afternoon. It can be a long day (not as long as Chad’s day, though). Some days I truly wonder if it is worth it. The volunteers are amazing and the children are a delight (even the ones that scream!). I took over this interim with no experience. Believe me, having three little ones does not qualify me at all! Most Sundays I am pulled out of my comfort zone into the hyperness of the children. I have to tell you that some weeks I simply wonder why I do it. It isn’t for recognition, it isn’t to get more ‘serving hours’ in. I am happy to serve behind the scenes and let the volunteers shine…they are all remarkable! I sometimes question if God is using me in this place. It isn’t about stepping down, it is about being the place He would like me to be. Last Sunday, a mom made little gift bags for ALL the teachers (all, not just her children’s teachers) and handed them out. I was humbled that she included me in that group. Her note was simple but was heartfelt. This week, a little boy came up to me with a gift card to a local coffee house (which I am a sucker for good coffee) with a little note. Again, it was simple but it meant more than words could express. When this little guy and his little brother come in I just smile. They are full of energy and life and I love watching the teachers interact with them and earn their trust.
Now, you might think I am telling you all this so you will rush out and buy gifts for the people who teach your children. I am not, well unless you want to do that! These parents and their children gave me a great gift. It wasn’t what was opened but it was the realization that they were appreciating me. I had to pause to think about whether or not I showed appreciation to my volunteers, my children’s teachers, to people who make coffee every morning (and keep me going all day!). They are all amazing and I sometimes miss the chance to say thank you to them. Do you miss it to? Please, tell me I am not the only one who sometimes get wrapped up in my own world!
I have decided this week to make some time to let people know how much I appreciate them, how they impact my life. I would encourage you to do the same. It doesn’t have to be a gift bag or gift card, a simple note can mean so much! Is your child’s Sunday School teacher? Maybe it is a close friend who has taken time for you. Whoever it is, try to find a way to say thanks!
Who will you be thanking this week?