Have you ever felt a pull at your insides to do something and wondered what saying yes might do to your life? Most of the time we just say “YES” to things without thinking about the long term implications associated with our split decisions. And in reality, not over thinking every little thing is reasonable.
But what about those things that nag at you and keep coming back? When do you give in and say yes to those things? Have you ever taken time to examine how the things that are big in your life now started? It could be good things, or it could be bad things. But where did the BIG things in your life start?
This evening in a class I was attending we were discussing this topic. I thought of a time two years ago when I said yes with every intentions of it being a very short-term deal. I felt a nagging in me that I needed to make sure my youngest knew the Lord. His older brothers both had the privilege of attending a private Christian school for their first four years, but we were not going to be able to send him. Maybe it was guilt, but I felt a need to get him on the same path.
The problem with my baby going to kid’s church was that he was still attached to me like we shared an umbilical cord. Seriously. This child cried every morning all through pre-school and every day of the first semester of Kindergarten. Leaving him in church for an hour was a beating that I could hardly handle.
So, that pull at my insides brought me to the thought that if I will volunteer in his class for a few weeks – 2 months tops – then he would get used to it and I could go back to attending my service while he was in his. I went through the training and I got that baby in church.
It went just as I thought, he hung on to me, but I was able to do my own thing. I refused to hold him or caudal him or sit by him. He adjusted pretty well, but I realized it might take me a little longer to jump out than I had originally thought.
Right away, my middle son decided that he wanted to start serving in that class with me. It was a lot of fun to have them both in the same room. And to see one helping and one learning. It made my heart happy. Very shortly, he was asked to do the audio/visual in the service we volunteered in. He took his next step and said yes. He loved it and he was thriving and he was great with the kids!
The middle one was having such a great experience that in about another month the oldest decided that he wanted to start serving with us. Within a few months’ time, I saw how my saying yes had not only gotten my youngest to attend church, but also my older two to serve with us as a family. It was amazing! And our whole family was blessed by what we were experiencing.
Now if the story ended there, that would be good enough. We were seeing God move and that is always exciting. But there is more. Within nine months of being in my son’s class my oldest had been asked to host the kid’s service and to lead worship. He took his next step and said yes. And he did great! He really connected with the kids and was a natural.
As for me, the mom who was just going to stay a few times and leave as soon as she could, I was asked to be the Service Director. I said yes and took my next step. When I started serving, I was not even sure if I liked my own kids! I was pretty certain I wasn’t going to like anyone else’s kids! I love these kids now! And the sight and sound of them worshiping is the sight and sound of heaven touching earth.
Today, two years later in this journey, we have been called to a smaller campus a little closer to home. My oldest son is still hosting the service and leading worship. He is also teaching the weekly lesson. He connects with the kids so well. It is amazing to see how he has flourished! He is feeling that same pull on his life to be a Youth Pastor. And he is saying yes!
The middle one is still doing the audio/visual for the kids’ service and he has starting teaching weekly lessons as well. After summer church camp last summer he came home and feels like he is being led to be in a pastoral role also. They both lead small groups where they can dig in with the kids, which is a great first step towards teaching people of all ages. They have also recently started the youth leadership program at our church.
All this from saying YES. Saying yes that first time has had ripple effect in our family that no one could have predicted. My children’s future being revealed, being trained and bringing other children to Christ.
You don’t need to know what the big picture is. You just need to listen to that pull on your insides. If it is reasonable, if it won’t hurt you, why don’t you take your next step? You have no idea how saying yes one time can shape your life, but also the lives of those around you!
What is pulling at your insides? What do you need to say yes to?