Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. (1 Pet. 4:10)
When our children were young, my husband and I helped in the nursery at church. Due to a lack of volunteers, all parents who had infants and preschoolers served on a rotational basis. As a stay-at-home mom, I was around kids 24–7, so when it was our turn for nursery duty, I wasn’t exactly jumping up and down with excitement. I didn’t feel called to serve there full-time, but since we had kids in the nursery, we took our turn, just like everyone else.
As our children grew older, I taught Bible studies and men- tored younger women. It was rewarding to help some of them through stressful stages in life that I had already gone through. But now that our children are grown and gone, I miss holding little ones in my lap and cuddling with them in a comfortable rocker. We’re blessed with five grandchildren, but most of them live far enough away that we don’t see them as often as we’d like.
Since I am feeling the ache of an empty nest, I realized it was time to start serving in the nursery again. The preschool director was delighted to have a volunteer and said she usually has to beg for help. So now for this season in my life, I’ll be working with babies and toddlers. God has put this desire in my heart, and I want to be obedient to His call to serve these little ones.
Often it seems like a few people end up doing most of the work in church. But that’s not how God wants us to function. He has uniquely gifted each one of us and wants us to use our gifts to serve others in the body of Christ.