The other day my mom brought something very disheartening to my attention. She had been talking to a friend from our community. This friend told my mom that they may not be able to have a Sunday School program for the children in their church this year, because no one wanted to teach!
Another church in our community had only 6 teens show up for their first youth event of the year! This is a larger church that usually had at least 30-40 teens in their youth group!
It's so discouraging to see our churches losing commitment like this. I don't know what's up, maybe too many other activities in life? Maybe people are becoming too complacent. Maybe people are going to church expecting to be served, instead of expecting to serve.
This has really been on my mind a lot. I've gone through my moments of just wanting my time to myself. Right now I teach Sunday School, help lead our youth group, sing with the worship team, and fill in wherever needed with our other church programs. It can feel very overwhelming sometimes.
This morning I was reading Our Daily Bread. The Bible reading was Romans 12:3-8. Verse 6 says, "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us..." The rest of the verses then go on to tell us to use our gifts, and do it cheerfully. Have we lost sight of this? I definitely felt God speaking to me this morning as I was reading. I want this to spur me on to work harder and give more of myself.
If you live in this community, please pray for our churches. Pray for the people to step up and do the work that needs to be done. To look beyond self and think of others. This is as much a reminder to myself as to anyone else.