Until last spring, when I thought of the number 300 it always seemed like a fairly big number. But then I spent some time with a calculator and a calendar. I figured there are approximately 300 Sundays from the time a student starts junior high until their high school graduation.
All of the sudden, 300 didn't seem like very many.
It struck me, as the junior high director, that our time with students is brief. We have much to do and not much time to accomplish our goals. We shared our core values on student ministry Sunday in August. The values take time to develop. I started praying about how we are using our time together. A renewed sense of urgency stirred in me. I bought 300 gum balls and they sit on a shelf in our office as a visual cue to remember the Sunday's.
How do we best serve students in the time we have with them? We have approximately:
There's a certain weight to those numbers. And a hope. How may we use the time best? Asking for our church family will join me in prayer for our students and that we may use our time wisely.