I feel like I just got a booster shot of enthusiasm to keep me going the entire week…which seeing as how the end of this week is the Family Mission Trip…that may be excellent timing.
This afternoon found me at the Mavericks hockey game with nineteen 5th & 6th graders. They were loud. Very loud. They actually beat another section for the ‘loudest’ and won Chick-fil-A coupons that they (and I) were very excited about. And I was still reeling from the Noodles coupon that rained into my hands after the 2nd period was over.
They ate a lot of junk food…cotton candy…nachos…pretzels…hot dogs…pop…kettle corn…just watching made me sick!
They got free Mavericks jerseys!
They got on the big screen…4 times I think. They were VERY proud of that feat!
I saw kids who have never experienced a hockey game before, jumping up and down, hair flying each time the team made goals.
One of the things I love most about these kids is their enthusiasm.
Honestly, they deserved a week off of the 56 routine at church.Last week, we did a mission station Sunday where they went around to 5 different stations and experienced different aspects of mission…global and local. I will spare you the details, but the excellent element is…this week they are still talking about it! Several of them said, ‘I am still praying for _____.’ Or, ‘Hey could you tell me more about this ____.’ And, ‘Did you see what I posted on Facebook about _____?’With the same enthusiasm they have while cheering and being loud at a hockey game…they have for continuing the mission that Jesus started when he walked onearth.
They may not clean their room. They may argue about taking out the trash or doing homework. But when it comes to being a part of Jesus’ mission…these kids are all in.
If you have ever wanted to make a difference with digging into mission, and keep telling yourself it isn’t something you can fit in, or aren’t ready to travel globally or even to Joplin…consider the enthusiasm these kids have for mission. And most of them have never done anything outside of a Sunday night at Club 56.
Also consider, ministering to these kids and growing a love of mission in them. It is just as much a part of God’s mission as anything else. God doesn’t ‘rank’ mission…God just pours his love on us so we can spread it around.
Where are you spreading God’s love this week?