Wow! This was a great weekend of ministry at our church. I would love to go into great detail about all that happened, but I do not want this post to turn into a novel. There is, however, one thing that you have to hear.
This weekend, our church hosted a ladies’ convention. We brought in a speaker who is involved in women’s ministries in her state as well as traveling and speaking. However, when I was in high school, Angelia and her husband Tom where traveling children’s evangelists.
At the time they were at our church, I was already pursuing the call to children’s ministry, though in a very limited capacity. I had yet to actually meet a children’s pastor. When they did their program, I remember how excited I was. I did my best to learn as much as I could from them. Some of the things I learned that week I have incorporated in my programs. Since they visited our church that week, my parents have stayed in touch with them through Christmas cards mostly. I have longed to actually speak with them myself and tell them how much of an impact they made on me. This weekend, I finally got my chance.
Tom began to ask me about the ministry we are doing. I told him some of the things we have done and are doing, then I just unleashed on him. I talked about a hundred miles an hour telling him about this thing I learned from him or that thing I stole from them and on and on. I think he was blown away. I looked at him and said, “I’ve waited years to tell you that.”
Right before he left, we were talking about some of the frustrations and discouragements we face. He said to me, “You never know when there will be another Jared sitting in your church.” After all these years, he had no idea the impact he had made in my life. Just by being a part of my life for one week, he has impacted the way I have done ministry for 7 or 8 years and some things that will continue to stick with me for many years to come.
We can never know the fullness of the impact we are making. I assure you, if you are putting your heart into what God has called you to do, it is worth it. Even when you cannot see the fruit, that does not mean it isn’t growing. And every life you impact, impacts another until there is hardly a soul in the world in hasn’t been affected by your life. I know it seems extreme, but I believe our impact is far greater than we can imagine. Even those of us in small churches.
I leave you with this quote, which I find very inspirational to us in small ministries. “Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple, but only God knows how many apples are in a seed.”