Daily Devotional

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It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

- Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

When I read the announcement asking for Sunday school teachers, I thought, I want to serve in the church, but I don’t feel prepared . I talked with the pastor, who encouraged me to give it a try. “Our children need to hear the word of God,” he said. I accepted the challenge even though I doubted my ability.

On the first Sunday I was to teach the class, I arrived with my own two children. Before class started, I took a moment to pray at the altar: “Lord, if only two more children show up today, I’ll know I’m on the right path.” Ten children came that Sunday!

Three years have passed since that first Sunday. Today I have 30 children in the class. They call me “Teach.” They are generous with hugs and bring me flowers. When I think of how fortunate I am to be involved in God’s work, I am overcome with joy. The children’s energy enlivens my spiritual life. My ministry has been a welcome oasis in the desert places I have experienced in my life. God graciously prepares each of us in unique ways to serve in just the right ministry.

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