My sweet little grandson lives a long, long, 900 miles away, in North Carolina. As often as we can, my husband and I travel from Michigan to see him. Our record time to complete that journey is about 14 hours. The first time we went, we raced there, totally focused on our goal, taking only 2 twenty minute stops, hurrying in and out of fast food restaurants and flying along the highway. However, the last time we went, we chose the scenic route...stopping off at a beautiful hotel on the way, taking in the scenery around us and admiring the beauty and winding roads of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It took us a lot longer that way, but we really enjoyed it more...and still reached our goal in the end.
Having a goal, a vision, or a focus for our children's ministry is essential. Moving towards that goal is essential. But if we focus solely on the outcome, we might miss the beautiful scenery on the way. Enjoy your journey in children's ministry this year. As you travel toward your goal, take the scenic route. Don't miss the many blessings that God will have for you as you travel. You will still reach your goal in the end.
Now you've got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I'm on the right way. Psalm 16 :11 The Message