Our friend Dennis Beckner over at Volunteeryouthministry.com has talked about having things in your trophy case, things from your days in student ministry where a student took time to point out that you made a difference in their life. I understood the concept, but I don’t think I truly understood until today.
I got a text from a guy who was in my last high school small group asking if we could meet and talk tonight. My first response was to think that something was wrong and he was coming by for advice. I admit, I’m tired tonight and have had a sinus headache for a couple of days and wasn’t looking forward to this. Well, long story short, he didn’t have a problem, he actually came by to wish me a Merry Christmas and give me a gift. He asked me to open the box and inside was a mug with all of the pictures of my last group and a card thanking me for helping to make them the Godly men that they are today. I’m not often speechless but I was tonight, and not ashamed to admit I had tears in my eyes. Such a small thing, but it was huge to me. And now I truly understand why Dennis recommended the whole “trophy case” idea.
You know those times when you think you’re not getting anywhere, like you’re not making a difference…all I need to do now is look at that mug I realize that if you let Him, God will use you. I may not have been totally fired up for my role in student ministry when this day started out, but I am now!