It's 7am and I just finished doing payroll. It's been a full week of work events and it's not over yet.
In the span of 9 days we will have had:
*A memorial with a reception
*A VBA team rally
*Apologia (A community discussion on current events)
*4 days of VBA (500 kids on the first day!)
*Family party (All the VBA kids families invited outside for food, inflatables...)
*Encore (an event for our senior adults)
*Two days of a Promise Keepers Simulcast
*A missions lunch
Along with all our regular church services, group events, Bible studies... we've got 3 more days of events and then things should quiet down a little. I'm so exhausted but it's times like this I have to remind myself why we do what we do: A bunch of kids gave their hearts to the Lord during VBA; I spoke with a man who has recently started coming to our church and he told me he's here because he's desperate for the presence of the Lord. He's sat behind Chuck and I a few times and we can hear him worshiping and crying.
It's not about vacuuming and emptying trash and cleaning bathrooms. (I'm the Custodial Supervisor.) It's about people's hearts and their relationships with the Lord and with one another. When they stop you in the foyer and ask for prayer, the stories of what they're going through are enough to make you weep. But the presence of the Lord envelops them, they break down in tears and then you see the Peace of God come over them. By the time you hug goodbye they're filled with joy and they leave with a smile on their face. They know the Lord knows their name, knows them personally and has a plan for their exact situation.
That's why we do what we do.