I’m not sure who was more excited, Little Guy or me. It seems just like yesterday that he was in the youngest group at Vacation Bible Camp (VBS), enjoying crafts, games, stories, and silly songs. But last week, Little Guy was a Junior Leader-In-Training (LIT).
Every morning during the car ride, we discussed some of the things he liked and disliked about his week. We decided, when you are serving others through volunteering:
- It’s not always about you. Chasing balls, blowing bubbles, and picking up wet sponges after little kids in the summer heat for 3 hours, was sometimes tiring and boring. Leading sometimes means doing dirty jobs behind the scenes. But it also means getting the job done, setting others up for success, and making happy memories for others along the way.
- No job is too small or unimportant. From teaching memory verses, leading songs and preparing snacks, to painting sets and running games. Every job is important. If no one had set up the sidewalk chalk, there wouldn’t have been any beautiful drawings.
- Age is irrelevant. Too many people make excuses. The volunteers last week ranged from 10 to 70+. While not everyone could do every job, everyone had a job to do!
- Many hands make light work. When everyone works together, the job gets done faster…and it can be more fun! (Sometimes there’s even pizza).
Teaching our kids to be leaders is like running a relay race. As adults, we need to strive to pass the baton to our young runners. We can’t just teach them with our words; we have to train them up by modelling a servant heart and a servant attitude. One day, in the not-so-distant future, Little Guy and the generations after him, will be in leadership positions; how I ran the race and passed the baton will be just as important then, as it is right now.
Little Guy had a great week and great leaders to train him up. I’m so very thankful!
This has been a “10 Minute Monday” post (where I write about whatever I want for a minimum 10 minutes, no editing – mayhem, memories, maudlin mumblings, or “mwa ha ha” moments.