I was left thinking of the kids in my ministry who step through my doors on Sunday mornings. They come to me with many distractions. They have a million other things that are clamoring for their attention.
Thousands of tourists and locals gather each evening to create this celebratory atmosphere. As you walk upon the boardwalk you are treated to acts ranging from the dangerous unicyclist juggling knives to the musician who enhances the sunset experience as he croons tropical melodies that remind you you're on vacation.
The number of acts that lined the boardwalk were many. Each one went to great lengths to gather a crowd or grab the attention of a passerby. Could you elevate your act into the air so more could see? Could you have a better sound system so as to attract a larger group? Maybe your act could border on gross and people were going to watch just out of disbelief.
All of these amazing acts. So much from which to choose. The excitement in that place is so real. The environment is lively and the people, lighthearted. It seemed that each person is drawn towards something for even just a few moments. The distractions are numerous and the acts performed, captivating. It seemed that for a few moments no one remembers the
The one thing that had united us. The one reason we gathered had been forgotten in light of all of the distraction.
I was left thinking of the kids in my Family Ministry who step through my doors on Sunday mornings. They come to me with many distractions. They have a million other things that are clamoring for their attention. Things that excite them and things that may scare or sadden them.
I want to show them the Son and they're distracted by so many other things. What can I do?
I do just like the sunset. I continue to show up. I continue to faithfully display the majesty of the Son and know that it's warmth will, at the appropriate time, draw these precious ones to itself.
In the end it really is no competition. The sun does it's thing and all else ceases. The main act is the sun and all are drawn to its beauty. Nothing else matters for a moment.
May the same be said of those who enter into my doors of ministry. In the midst of a myriad of things shouting for their attention, may they be drawn to the warmth of the Son because I've lifted Him up day after day. This is a worthy spectacle.
Do you ever feel like the kids in your Family Ministry or Children's Ministry are so distracted by the things of the world? What practical things do you do to show them Jesus on a regular basis?