Teens in Service

Sometimes the house isn’t quite full enough with just five children. The signs include: periods of silence ranging from 10 to 45 seconds, cupboards and refrigerators with food still visible, and clean, tidy surfaces.

There’s only one thing to do in such instances – invite some more kids over, preferably for a sleepover. Throw in another family with five children, lots of pillows and sleeping bags and the house starts to feel cozy. If you can arrange for a few more kids to come by in the morning (and stay for the day), then you are doing an excellent job to remedy this terrible situation.

We had our church Small Group on Sunday evening. It was a lovely time of food and fellowship. We even managed to go through our parenting study. Talk about productive!

Libby is the boss

she tells the group how to play

Libby may be small, but she is definitely in charge!

As the night crept on and one family lingered, I realized it was time for my children to go to bed. Since the other mom and I were no where near finished with our lengthy conversation, the only thing to do was host an All Family Sleepover.

Well, not exactly “all” as mom and dad went home to their own beds, no doubt chuckling the whole time about convincing us to keep their sweet darlings overnight. Ha!

In the morning, after making a huge batch of pancakes, I realized shortly I would be heading out to pick up two of Rachel’s friends (sisters who would be spending the day with us). Instantly an email I had received earlier in the week flashed in my mind.

We are looking for any volunteers to come help paint the toddler room on Friday, May 23 and/or Saturday May 24 between the hours of 10am & 4pm.

Jenny, bethany, rachel, hannah and sarah

These girls are hard workers!

It wasn’t Friday or Saturday, but I thought there might be a good possibility someone still needed some painting done. I proposed the idea to the five pre-teen/teenagers devouring my pancakes and received an extraordinarily positive response.

Sure! We’d LOVE to paint at the church! all five enthused.

With that joyful reaction our day took on the shape of service. The kids piled into the van and we set off to pick up Rachel’s two friends. By the time we reached the church it was 10:30 am and we had seven ready and willing workers.

What a blessing! It was such a delightful encouragement to see the hearts of these teenagers (and almost teen agers) as they grabbed rollers and brushes and tackled the toddler room. We had the primer done in no time. When the children’s director asked if the kids could possibly come back and do some more painting in the afternoon, all five eagerly accepted the invitation.

Sure! We’d love to! If Mrs. E lets us.

Ah, that was a bit of the kicker. I was a cheerful part of the working team and heartily agreed to return after lunch. That is until I got home. And sat down in my chair. At that point I didn’t want to leave the house again until dinner time.

some paint on the walls, some on our bodies

Some of the paint actually ended up on the walls.

Tim, I said, shaking my head in disappointment no one else showed up to paint the toddler room.
No one in the whole church except Aleta, the Sunday School teacher, came. Isn’t that terrible?

But Kathy, he responded, they didn’t need anyone else. You all were there.

But, but, I sputtered, in indignation and disapproval.

You were the ones God used to work. You were the ones He provided.

Did I grade math assignments? Work on meal planning? Do laundry? Organize homeschool assignments? Email my parents who have been out of town this weekend? Or even sit down and read a book?


But I was given the opportunity to serve. Not only that but I was blessed to create a situation where my children and their friends were able to serve.

joshua and timothy were a huge help

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

And I think THAT is a pretty good way to spend Memorial Day.

Project 366 – Day 146

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11 thoughts on “Teens in Service”

  1. Sounds like a great! way to spend Memorial Day. We would have enjoyed joining you. You know how I love to get my hands on some paint and brush. :)

    How did Joshua end up without paint on his face?
    Does the Ref just direct painting without actually doing any? hahaha.

  2. That’s pretty neat Kathy! What a good way to spend the day – serving others and pitching in when greatly needed! What a wonderful thing to have so many willing CHEERFUL helpers!!!! Can you send them here? I’ve got some painting that needs to be done…. :)

  3. Just yesterday I was thinking about a situation where I was disappointed that people didn’t volunteer to help, but then I realized that God HAD supplied the help, just in different ways. It’s always interesting to see how things work out much differently than our “perfect” plans.

  4. It was a lot of fun!!(Especially painting each other!! lol) I am glad God gave us a opportunity to serve! I still have paint all over my arms and some on my face!!=]

  5. I was very proud (and impressed) with the willingness to serve in this way. I got a good chuckle out of Joshua’s indignation with the fact that the painting crew was rewarded by a trip to Coldstone Creamery. Joshua, an old hand at service, prefers his offering of work to be untainted by earthly reward.

    Of course, it is no surprise to me that service which blesses the church would also bless those who serve.

    Yea, kids! Yea, Kathy! Yea, God!

  6. What wonderful lessons your kids are learning and acting upon. I am proud of you and Tim. I love you all. AK

  7. I actually only got a small amount of paint on myself, Of course, that was until
    Rachel decided I needed some decorating, on my feet, hands, arms, shirt and
    face! I still have paint on my arms and feet! thanks Rachel!


  8. Hey,
    It was REALLY fun painting! and I STILL have paint on my arms and hands. I hope I can get it off before the recital! lol

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