This past Saturday my family and I went with other members of our life group to serve with a ministry called C.O.O.L. Kids. The people who run this ministry provide food, fun and the love of Jesus to children in that community EVERY Saturday. They make sure that every sweet kid who comes in through their doors leaves full of physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment.
This past weekend with COOL Kids was significant not only because this was our first time serving with this ministry, but because it was also our first time to serve alongside both our children.
On our way there, we talked with Laynie about what we would be doing and why it was so important. We told her that these children needed someone to love on and play with them. With a heart so willing she replied, “Hey! I can do that!!”
To say my heart was moved would be an understatement. If I’m being honest my heart wasn’t as willing. I was sick and had been up all night. Not to mention it was cold and raining. But hearing her enthusiasm and willingness made me think of Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Have you ever thought of responding to God’s calling like that? “Here I am, send me!!” Or have you been given a task and responded enthusiastically like Laynie- “Hey! I can do that!!” I wish I could say that I always respond with such a willing heart when it comes to serving. Unfortunately my selfishness is often times in conflict with the knowledge of my heart. The whole way there I wasn’t looking forward to serving, but thanks to Laynie’s enthusiasm, my attitude changed.
I think we can all say our kids teach us daily. But her response changed my outlook. I’m confident that God used her to remind me of the bigger picture and how I should respond to such opportunities.
I know without a doubt the lessons I learn from Laynie (& Gideon) are specifically designed for me before the day begins- and they always come with a reassurance I need from The Lord.
Is there something that God is calling you to do or be a part of? Do you respond with the willing heart of a child or do you find yourself like me-stuck in your comfort zone?
The small time we shared with the COOL Kids was meaningful and significant- maybe not by the world’s standards, but definitely by God’s. My hope is that with each passing day, my heart will be more willing to serve eagerly like my daughter. To see an opportunity to love and say, “Hey! I can do that! Send me Lord!”