When the Joy is Gone

Commander Bill Gunter —  May 23, 2012

We all experience it. A rough day at work, the kids are misbehaving, the car has trouble, you name it, you’ve had a rough day. Things don’t seem to go right and you’re not in a good mood. Then you realize that you are supposed to minister to children and show God’s love to them.

Sometimes it is a short term problem, other times something may really throw you for a loop and get you out of sync with things you might normally do.

As I train others for Awana, I often advise them that if they’ve had a rough day, then their Awana club will be rough as well. So, what can you do when you’ve had a rough day and you’re preparing to minister to children, or others.

It seems so simple, but often forgotten. Find a room, sit in your car, get to a secluded place wherever you can be alone with God, uninterrupted and humbly go before Him asking Him to prepare your heart to reach the children and others serving. I have had to do it myself and I can testify that when you humble yourself before God like that, then He will prepare your heart and use you.

This isn’t something to do only when you’ve had a rough day, do it whenever you are preparing to minister to others.

Commander Bill Gunter

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Bill is the Associate Pastor of Children & Youth at Hanover Fellowship in Hanover, Pennsylvania where his responsibilities include caring for children and youth from birth through high school. Along with his responsibilities in the local church, Bill is very involved in the Awana ministry, serving on the ministry teams of local Awana missionaries, providing trainings, leading workshops and helping run regional events.

3 responses to When the Joy is Gone

  1. Great reminder. So important to get alone with God, and seek Him first.

  2. David Longenecker July 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Bill, great reminder. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to lock myself away for a few minutes before club time and get my heart and mind right. And I cannot tell you how many times I have regretted not doing so.