Over at my other blog, I have previously mentioned the shock I experienced when I first noticed 1 Thess 3:9-10 –

9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?

My shock was that it appears that one human can supply what is ‘lacking in <another human’s> faith’. I consider this to be a high calling; it is an honor to have God working through us in this way.

As I considered my small role in one classroom of one church, I look forward to opportunities to do this. If you are volunteering at your church, you should be looking forward to this as well. Right? The children you are working with have gaps in their faith. You get to be a part of filling in those gaps.

And another thing might happen. None of our faiths are gap-less – we all are lacking in many areas. And it may be that a student that you are working with (whether she is 18, or 12 or 2) will say something that hits you between your eyes. Something you needed to hear.

If that happens, thank God.

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