Never Despise Small Beginnings

Never Despise Small Beginnings
Blog Writers - Tue Sep 03, 2013 @ 11:06AM
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The sun’s shining and it feels like the whole world is singing.  Church is out, and all the kids gather on the front lawn, something that we all look forward to each week. 

I run races, kick balls, find flags, and laugh.  Oh, yes, our Sunday gathering time after church includes 100% laughter.  That real, genuine good stuff where there’s almost always a giggle coming from someone. 

Toddlers toddle around the cool, sometimes dew covered grass, while the older kids organize games and make teams.  Everyone’s there, the old and young, and we’re having fun. 

This gathering?  It started timidly.  At the church picnic in June.  There were a few boys playing soccer, when a handful of us asked, shyly, to play.  When they agreed, we watched as more…and more…and more kids joined in.  And all at once, before my eyes, we have this huge and intense game of soccer going!  And it’s fun!  No one wants to leave the picnic, everyone is set on scoring.  We give it our all.   But the best part?  Being there, with my church family, surrounded by kids that love Jesus.  A ball flies up in the air and I kick it.  Pure joy.  And when the game wraps up, I hear it clear.  The kids are whispering, sharing the little secret with anyone and everyone: Next Week!  Games after church. 

And that’s the beginning.

Never, ever, des pise small beginnings.

Because that timid group of kids playing soccer outside, the one with the little kids and the youth?  We still play, each and every Sunday after the service.  It’s like second nature now.  What started small has grown, and we have so much fun together. 

When I think of joy, I think of that precious time spent after church.  When I think of joy, I think of kids running after a whirling ball, after a sorry is said when someone gets hurt, and the smiles that reappear.  When the word joy is said, my mind floats to the times when kids of all sizes are lined up and running to the bush and back, seeing who is the first to get back.  I think of girls laughing, boys playing, makeshift soccer nets crafted from tree stumps, and flags being captured.  Running, kicking, soaring—we’re all smiles. 

And ultimately?  This joy that I feel?  It comes from knowing Jesus.  Because, you may wonder, what bonds us kids of all heights and ages and families together?  Jesus Christ. 

Something I hear a lot is, “But I have nothing in common with the kids at church!”  If you have absolutely nothing in common with the kids at your church… stop and look up.  You do have one thing in common: Jesus Christ is your Lord and Saviour! 

I stand for a long moment, away from the crowd. What drives us to play games every Sunday after church?  Yeah, it might seem simple…. But it’s joy!  And that kind of joy is…well…infectious.  Once one gets it, they spread it on and on and on.  It’s exciting to see how God is using this precious time after church to bring us closer together.

As I look on, I feel sure of one thing.  Never despise small beginnings.  A ball comes whirling and a shout that a new game is starting catches my attention.  And I run, with all my heart, to kick that ball.

“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded toward one another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” Romans 15:5-7

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