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Laundry and Ministry


Laundry and Ministry

After working at Southwood for over four years, I have come to know something about myself. I like a finished product and I like doing my laundry. I enjoy doing labor that makes me look back at something that is unfinished and help bring it to completion. I, however, work with people and I think we all know and understand that as people we are all unfinished works. Ultimately we will not be made perfect until Christ comes again. The apostle Paul tells us that even he was an unfinished product. He reminds us that he has not “Already obtained this, or been made perfect.” (Phil. 3:12)

Although I love finishing something, I have also learned to love works in progress. I have had a rare opportunity to work with Jr. High Students and watch them become high school students who then become leaders. The Crew is a group of high school students devoted to servant leadership for High-Life Ministries at Southwood. I have had the opportunity of being a part of Crew in some form for the past four years and I believe that I have had the best seat in the house. While some people might complain about the state of youth culture today, I have been watching the way God has been redeeming and using students in ministry. Four years ago, my most recent Crew members were my very first middle school students. I have watched them grow both physically and spiritually. I have seen them commit themselves to various endeavors and in turn accomplish great things. I have watched them give of themselves with hearts that truly desire to serve Christ. I have watched them become the hands and feet of the church especially to middle school students. These students have heard us repeat over and over again that they are not the Church in waiting but they are the Church now. They have heard us tell them that they are a royal priesthood equipped by the Holy Spirit to do the work of the church—now. I think they believe it. I think that because week in and week out our Crew members show up to serve middle school students.

When I am done with my laundry, I feel encouraged because I have accomplished something. When I have left Jr. High-Life or a Crew meeting, I am encouraged because Christ has accomplished something, and I have gotten to participate in a small way. I have observed a space in time where students mature and become the servants that Christ has called us all to be. While I know it is not a finished product, I do know that what I have seen over the past four years is a picture of the work being done in the Kingdom.