Dad in the Middle, Kidmin1124 and A Very Good God

top-100-cmblogs I first started blogging a little over two years ago, and I started earnestly blogging (meaning more than once a month or so) about a year-and-a-half ago.  I also started this past June as a collaborative blogging effort written entirely from the perspective of children’s ministry volunteers and bi-vocational children’s ministers.  In addition to being a contributor to that blog, I also serve as its editor.  In the time I have been blogging, I have really enjoyed working on both Dad in the Middle and Kidmin1124 (well, most of the time).  At other times, I have actually felt like throwing in the towel.  I regularly question and reevaluate the usefulness of the blogs and the amount of time they consume.  Through it all though, I have felt God’s presence.

I can’t count the number of times I have relayed the story of how I started Dad in the Middle and how I was totally caught off guard and surprised when people actually started to read it and give me feedback on it.  Recently, though, I have started to feel some conviction about my continued expressions of shock at the reception to these blogs.  I started to wonder it, rather than humility, it was really a slight against My God.  Why should I continue to be surprised that he can work through broken vessels like me to reach people with his message?  My surprise was/is genuine, but as I continue to express to people my utter amazement that people would actually visit and read the blog, am I essentially saying “my God isn’t capable of working through something like this and it must be some fluke?”  So, am I amazed that God chooses to work through Dad in the Middle and Kidmin1124?  Yes, of course I am – in the same way that I am amazed daily by his grace, and in the same way I am floored by the realization that he died on a cross because of me and for me.  Am I shocked that he can work through me?  Absolutely not – if he can work through a donkey in the Old Testament, He can work through me today.  Some might argue that there really isn’t much difference (ask my wife). 🙂

So, my hope is that I can adhere to the words of Paul when he wrote:

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” [2 Corinthians 10:17]

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not about to go around and tell people how wonderful my blogs are.  But, I am going to, with God’s grace, learn how to take a complement.  And, it is a complement and a honor to be included in Tony Kummer’s 2010 List of The Top 100 Children’s Ministry Blogs.  Tony’s blog was one of the very first children’s ministry blogs I found when I started looking around for them several years ago, and it quickly became one of my favorites.  I am honored to contribute an article to that site from time-to-time as well.  For the record, Dad in the Middle came in at 13th and rolled in at 44.  Here are my observations from Tony’s article:

  • Tony spent a lot of time putting this together.  It was obvious from the rankings and confirmed by his comment.  Thanks to Tony for all his hard work.
  • I know enough about most of the people behind the top blogs to know that they do not do what they do for the rankings or recognition.  They do it because they love kids and they genuinely love those who serve them.  I have learned so much from many of them that it is an honor to be ranked along with them.
  • One of Tony’s criteria was PPW (Post Per Week).  I’m not sure how far back he went, but Dad in the Middle came in at 8.2 which was the highest of any of the Top 100 blogs.  This confirms my long help suspicion that I am long-winded. 🙂 Seriously though, I hope some of that quantity translates into quality.
  • One of things that clearly pushed Dad in the Middle higher in the ranking was my shameless self-promotion in Tony’s Children’s Ministry Blog Madness tournament last March.  Thanks to all who voted for Dad in the Middle in that tournament.
  • I am happy to see Kidmin1124 on the list.  The group of authors that have assembled over there is nothing short of astounding.  I am happy to be collaborating with them, learning from them, and getting to know them more everyday.  In short, I am grateful that God has placed them in my life, and I hope that Kidmin1124 becomes a growing community of people contributing and discussing issues important to and related to volunteers and volunteering.

Lastly, I would just like to thank all of you who read both Dad in the Middle and Kidmin1124.  I have met a number of great people through these blogs, and I look forward to getting to know more of you.

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