What I Wish I Knew at 20

Barbara Graves —  November 16, 2011

As a volunteer at 20, there was lots of stuff I didn’t know about kidmin.  And now, I realize that there is even more that I don’t know, but there are a few things that I have learned.  If there was one bit of knowledge that I have now that I wish I had known then, it would be this:

What you’re doing is going to make a life time of difference in some of these kid’s lives.

At 20, I knew that ministry was important.  I knew that kids were capable of learning a lot.  I knew that the time we had with them at church needed to be meaningful and well planned.  But I don’t believe I could grasp the significance that children’s ministry would hold in some of these kid’s lives.  I didn’t realize that these services, Sunday School classes and mid-week sessions would be depositing seeds of faith into children that would grow and grow, and years later, these kids would verbally recall to me some of the events of our times together.  Not only do they remember, they see the value in it now, too.

At 20, my perception of ministry was very much for the moment.  I knew that we had an opportunity to help kids know Jesus and learn to live for Him.  But my overall thoughts were all geared for that moment.  I was teaching and gluing and glittering all for the moment with very little thought of the future of these kids.  Oh, I had lots of thoughts about their eternal future.  And I wanted them to have a relationship with God.  But the thoughts that what I was doing on a weekend would make a difference for an entire lifetime was just out of my range of thinking.

No one pointed this out to me.  I don’t remember hearing it at a conference or teacher training.   It hasn’t hurt my life or ministry for lack of that knowledge.  It’s just giving even more credibility to what you are investing your time and efforts in when you realize how long it will last.

If you’re young or if you’re young in ministry;  what you do today will be life-changing for many children.  And know that as you prepare for this day, you are preparing them for their life!

Barbara Graves

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Barbara is a married mother of 4 grown kids. She is the volunteer Children’s Pastor at Momentum Church in Woodstock, GA where she oversees kids from birth to 5th grade. She can often be found driving around north Georgia, usually with a cup of coffee in her hand.