I am having to learn to ask for help! Why is this so hard to do? For me, it’s because I don’t want to inconvenience anyone. I’m certain everyone else has more important lives to live and the last thing they want to do is come help me with something.
The other lesson is that a blanket invitation to come help, such as an email or Facebook status post, just doesn’t always cut it. You have to get direct and physically ask people individually to come and help out.
The results of asking directly are amazing! Hopefully I haven’t guilted anyone into coming to help out but the fact of the matter is, they have said yes and come to help me. Lesson learned. Check!
Okay, you are probably curious about what I need help with. Vacation Bible School decorations. I like to go all out for VBS when it comes to decor. Why? Because of a comment made by one grown man and several of the kids. The first time I volunteered to be in charge of the decorations, the VBS director told me he remembered going to VBS as a kid and how the whole church was completely decked out and almost unrecognizable. When the kids came in the door the church was transformed and the kids all said, “WOW!” That is what he wanted and so, I did my best to create that. This is the third year in a row now that I have set out to create that exact response from the kids.
There is something really special about hearing the little kids get excited about coming to Vacation Bible School. Hearing the kids say, “This VBS is going to be amazing,” while they twirl around taking it all in. It is why I do this. It’s not for glory, honest. The children’s reaction is often like Christmas morning and the fun of that is what I aim for.
Kids deserve to be kids and enjoy the awe of wonder. I think our children are robbed of this a lot growing up in a day and age where imaginations are not challenged because of tv, video games, and computers.
When a child comes into Vacation Bible School excited about it, they are more willing and ready to hear the lessons and the true reason they are attending VBS. And I get the benefit of doing something I thoroughly enjoy; painting, decorating, and putting a smile on a child’s face.
So when you see an announcement asking for help with VBS decor, come in and help! We don’t care if you are an artist or can barely color in the lines, we just need the extra body to help finish it all up! If you don’t attend our church but see a request in your own bulletin, go for it! Every second of help is appreciated. I guarantee it or your money back
And if you are in charge of a big project and no one is stepping up to help, start making calls. People are often afraid they aren’t going to be good enough to help but tend to have a generous spirit when asked personally.
Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9
* For those wondering, most decorations have been donated, loaned, or purchased by those who are willing to help.*