The most difficult thing about working in children’s ministry is trying to spend all the money you make.
You can only add so many helipads to so many yachts before you get tired of being rich. Is it fun to own exotic jungle cats and brightly colored supercars? Of course, but eventually it’s a tough burden to bear.
The second most difficult thing about working in children’s ministry is that you don’t get to be the whole song.
In most situations, you won’t see the results of the work you’re doing. You’ll pour into a kid, giving everything you have, but more than likely won’t see what happens next. Rarely do you get to see that the seventh-grader you served came back to church in their 30s and went deep into their relationship with Jesus. Rarely do you get to see that the 8-year-old you cared for ended up leading a Bible study in college because of the investment you made all those years before.
We want to be the whole song, but usually we only get to be one verse. We are one lyric in a song God is going to resolve over years, perhaps decades. In moments like that, as you realize that sometimes it’s very difficult to see results in the work you do, it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to want to give up.
I am who I am at 40 because Sue Barnes showed me how fun God could be when I was in the sixth grade. I am who I am at 40 because Kurt Andre didn’t give up on me in high school. I am who I am at 40 because a host of people just like you kept making the most of their one verse.
It is not easy to work in children’s ministry, but it is special. It is important. It is a verse the world needs.
Keep singing it.