I believe that everyone has a passion. Maybe it's a passion for academics, sports, or making people laugh. My passion is for kids.
This is how I know serving and loving on kids is my passion: I love making kids smile when they come into class on Sunday mornings. I love getting to tell little children a cool story from the Bible or hear them laugh when they think something is hil-ari-ous. If I could summarize what I think my job is with being a small group leader on Sunday mornings, this quote can very fulfil it in more ways than one: “I will let them be little. I will fill their hearts with laughter. I will help them grow wings. I will nurture their sense of wonder. I will inspire them to believe. I will love them like there’s no tomorrow” (quote by Julie King).
Over the summer, I got the opportunity to be a camp counselor at my church's summer camp. Here I would be pushed and challenged, by third graders. These precious third graders would keep me up late, ask for desserts before dinner, make me laugh till my sides hurt, and continuously make me grateful to be their leader. But the best part is, that my relationship with them does not stop there. Every Sunday I get to ask them how their week was and if there is anything cool going on. The coolest thing about it is that as I grow, they grow too. We are growing together in more ways than one. Our friendships and mentorship is growing, as well as our years. A big thing we all have to realize about kids is this: IT'S JUST A PHASE. The phase they are in right now, is just a phase. In two or three years they will be in a different phase of life. My third grade girls will be in sixth grade, wow. I can only imagine the different types of conversations we will have and the laughing and crying that will happen along the way.
If I could encourage you on some things, here is what they would be: number one, it is just a phase. The phase of life you are in right now is just a phase. One day you will be in a new and exciting phase with new things to learn and experience. However, embrace the one you are in right now and enjoy the relationships and adventures you are having right now. The second thing I want to encourage you on is to find something you are passionate about. Once you find this thing, grab onto it and run. Become passionate about serving others and putting others first. Or maybe you have a serious passion for spending time with the elderly. Whatever that passion is, allow God to mold and shape you through that. And along the way, He will stretch you in ways you could have never imagined. Those few days as a camp counselor, where some of the most exhausting and tiring, but they were also some of the most rewarding.
Now, some might say that we are too young to be leading a group of kids at Church every Sunday. However, 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” Set an example for those that are older than you and even those that are younger than you.