Why I Do What I Do
- Sheldon Clowdus
Working with children has a lot of ups and downs. One of the tasks that is most prominent is sowing the Gospel into the hearts and minds of kids. It isn't always apparent that anything worthwhile is actually occurring. This is especially true on those Sundays when a teacher or two is out sick and the kids act like they mainlined caffeine and sugar before being dropped off. On those days, survival seems to be the main objective.
There are days and moments however, when God uses one child to remind you why He called you. One of those moments happened for me last night. A good friend of mine and my wife posted this as her status on Facebook:
While putting Ivan to bed he said, "I love you mommy, but I love Jesus gooder, because he died so that we don't have to." I asked how do you know all that and be so little. He said, "Mr Sheldon told me." *sniff* *sniff* thank you Mr Sheldon.
In a moment God reminded me that the success or failure of the ministry I steward for Him is not dependent on children behaving, or Sundays running smoothly, or even how many kids we can pack into church for a given event. It is all about how faithfully we are communicating the Gospel to the kids God sends our way.
Thanks Ivan for reminding me of that.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.