Usually on Wednesday you would see the MTP podcast, but not today. Actually, we did record this week’s episode, but to be honest, I was still so bothered by the horrific display of evil in Newtown, Connecticut that I couldn’t stay mentally focused on what we were doing. That episode felt out of place to me because I was so off track. My heart hurts so badly for those families and at the same time I feel angry, angry at the enemy.
So I want to change gears a little bit. In the next several MTP blog post, I want to share several thoughts on what I call “The Principle of Balance” and how it applies to the safety and security of your kids.
First, the Balance of Action and Faith.
Action – There are tangible and logical action steps I can take in order to accomplish a task or improve a situation. It is simply doing what I know to do.
If you have done everything you can to make the safety and security of your children the number one value of your ministry, then I commend you and say “keep it up at all cost.”
If, in a moment of honest evaluation, you would say “no, we have not done all we can do to make the safety and security of our children the number value in our ministry,” then let this drive you to action and begin the process now.
We have a responsibility to take action on what we know is right and prudent.
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:17
When we see the necessary steps or action we should take, especially in regards to the safety and security of our children, we must take those steps and do so with diligence. Anything less than that is negligence by definition.
Faith – When you have done all you can humanly do, you leave the rest in God’s hands. That is it. We leave the rest up to God and refuse to be controlled by fear.
Fear is a natural part of life, but we choose whether or not we are controlled by fear. Faith does not erase fear; but it helps us deal with fear properly and put it in its place.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
This delicate balance of action and faith is one of the key components to an effective children’s ministry. Action is doing what we can and faith is trusting God with the rest.
My question to you is this. Are action and faith both present in your process of safety and security for your kids at church? You cannot have one and not the other. They function together, by design. That is what balance is.
If you have questions about safety and security, this idea of the Balance of Action and Faith, or if you need help in developing your safety and security process, we will assist you in any way possible.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can help.
Our prayers are with the families of the Newtown tragedy and our prayers are with you. Thanks for the investment you make in the lives of the kids at your church.