I've just returned from a ladies conference... more specifically, a missionary ladies retreat, hosted by the gals of Titus Women. For about 40 hours, they shared their hearts with us, encouraged us, spent time listening to us. They came armed with goodie bags, books, and snacks to spoil us a bit, and were ready and waiting to to have those important chats we women crave--those that end in solid advice and a good prayer. It was a time of refreshing that we all needed and enjoyed.
One of the things that touched me most was that a mom on the ministry team brought her sweet daughter along. She was only 11 years old and many would have said she'd be in the way or it might not be the place for her, but that young girl ministered to us all through her servanthood. She was gofer for those of us with full hands. She rocked sleepy babies and entertained bored toddlers so moms could hear the Word. She stood right up there in the middle of the other 4 ladies on the team, singing her heart out in praise and worship. She prayed for us and had mature, meaningful conversations over meals. I don't know who was more proud of her--her mom or all of us ladies in the crowd, identifying with what it's like to involve our children in the work of the Lord.
I thought of all the times I've had the privilege to see my children involved in kingdom work. Sometimes it's been the natural sort of ministry that comes from reaching out to a neighbor. Sometimes it's that "shoved on them" kind like having to sing a solo as part of our missions presentation in churches. And other times it's purposeful and planned, taking advantage of the gifts we see developing in them. What a joy it is to watch them mature in the Lord and see Him use them in His service!
In what ways are your children involved in your family's ministry? In what way are they involved in their own?