Some "Heading-Into-Summer-Craziness" Encouragement

(picture originally uploaded to Flickr by Daniel Y. Go)

My favourite question this time of year is, “Things slow down for you, right? Going to take some time off?”

I know that same can be said of some other jobs and ministry areas, but summer is a busy time for children’s ministry with day camps and summer camps and trying to make sure weekly ministry areas are adequately staffed as people take off for vacations and such. I almost always quip that I have a couple weeks in February that aren’t busy.

Summer can also be a discouraging time for those of us who are busy because we see many people who do get to slow down and escape the busyness of the school year time.

I ran across this post from Seth Godin that encouraged me this morning, and I thought I’d pass it along. Here is the text of the post:

When you love the work you do and the people you do it with, you matter.

When you are so gracious and generous and aware that you think of other people before yourself, you matter.

When you leave the world a better place than you found it, you matter.

When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.

When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.

When you touch the people in your life through your actions (and your words), you matter.

When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.

When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.

When you inspire a Nobel prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.

When the room brightens when you walk in, you matter.

And when the legacy you leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, you matter.

To all my heroes… that’s you all who are part of the Elemental Children’s Ministry community… YOU MATTER! Thank you for all you do for the Kingdom of God. Thank you for taking ministry to children seriously enough to struggle through the questions and issues of how we can best do what we do to connect children and families with God.

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