Make an Impact for the Kingdom

As a young professional, you’re probably working hard to make ends meet. (Maybe your ends meet just fine, but that hasn’t always been the case for me.) When you work hard to earn every penny, it probably means your two most valuable resources are time and money. You have to spend 40-ish hours a week at work, so the time you have left you want to spend relaxing, hanging out with friends and family, or participating in your favorite hobbies. These can all be good, God-glorifying things. Why the pressure to invest your precious moments in other people? Because people matter to God.

Late in 2016, a young woman I once worked with at a Girls in Action® camp passed away. (We’ll call her Kay.) Through a weird series of circumstances, I learned that a supervisor of mine knew Kay as well. She served as Kay’s GA leader 20-something years ago. As we spoke about her life, all I could do was smile. While I hadn’t known Kay as long or seen her in sometime, I witnessed my supervisor’s impact on Kay’s life 15 years after she served as her GA leader. I saw Kay love GAs and lead them to a better understanding of Christ’s love and the importance of missions. I saw God’s kingdom impacted, all because my boss decided she could spend an hour every Wednesday teaching elementary-aged girls about missions. Her investment was already impacting multiple generations.

Do you have to teach children? Do you have to volunteer at church? No. But, of course, you can. You can also serve food at a local homeless shelter, teach someone to read through a local literacy missions program, mentor a child as a “Big Sister,” and so many other opportunities.

And if you’re really worried about not having time to do this and still spend time with your friends and family, bring them along! If they’re believers, they should be excited about jumping into service with you. If they’re not believers, this might be a great new way to express Christ’s love to them. If your friends criticize you for spending your free time this way, just remember Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (ESV).

Ryann Mitchell lives in Birmingham, AL, with her husband and one-year-old daughter. She works in adult education and serves as the children’s minister at her church.


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