Everything in our lives has seasons. And everything requires our attention at a different time. My family may need more attention this month, work may need more attention next month, and writing may need more work in between. Rarely does a garden grow neatly together, with every crop needing the same amount of attention as the row next to it. One week it’s the tomatoes that need to be staked and tied. The next week, the beans will have reached the point to cage them and the following week requires weeding in an entirely different section.
Much the same, I believe the lives of those in children’s ministry are often like that garden. And what starts as a little vegetable garden, can easily become a full working farm. I believe part of that is because children’s ministry volunteers are the most resilient and productive people on the planet. They can do more with little than anyone else I know. Our ministry seems to attract that personality. I found many years ago that I love to tackle the impossible. And if it came to a children’s ministry event or program that was needed, but impossible to see done, I jumped at the chance to do it! God did a lot of wonderful things and I did a lot of late night, work-myself-crazy-weekends, but for a great cause. I loved it. What a rush to pull it off!
What I learned was that all of it was ok, but only for a season. You can’t live that way day in and day out, week in and week out, year in and year out. Even though the events were fun, and worthwhile, and Godly, I had to learn to be careful with my seasons. I couldn’t keep adding more to do, no matter how good it was. If I could get a new venture started, and hand it off, then it’s ok, because the extra demand for time and resulting craziness was for a season. But if there wasn’t a clear plan to end that season, I learned to say no. Well, I learned to say, not now. I have a hard time not being crazy and it has made a world of difference in every facet of my “garden”.
How do you deal with crazy seasons in your life?