Gateway Church is a well-known church located in the DFW metroplex (six campuses and growing! WOO!). Gateway Church is known for Pastor Robert Morris, for Men’s Summit, for Pink Impact, for Kairos and its multitude of ministries. I love Gateway and it’s vision :: “to see people saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered, and serving.”
What I love the most about Gateway is its children’s ministry. I work in our preschool department with the ever-active four and five year olds. To say it’s fun and crazy would be an understatement.
My family has been apart of Gateway from the get-go. Literally, the get-go. From the first forty people to the now couple thousand people. I’ve been apart of Gateway as long as I can remember. But once I aged out of our children’s ministry and entered junior and high school, I started slowly but surely walking off the path that the Lord had prepared for me. God brought me back to Gateway at a time in my life where I needed it the most. And the way He did it was incredible: through my big sister. She was working in children’s (also in preschool), and asked if I wanted to go and volunteer with her. Being fifteen, I wanted to do other things on a Saturday night rather than go and work with a bunch of screaming, out of control kids, but I went anyways. I started to volunteer on Saturdays, and then on Sundays. Slowly, my heart began to soften as the kids were really amazing and I loved the people I was working with.
Then my sophomore year came crashing down on me.
I stopped volunteering, and stopped going to church. My heart once again became hard and I once again walked away from the Lord. After about three months of doing some pretty crazy things, I started volunteering again. And I am so glad I did. My heart was softened even more than it had been before. I experienced love and grace from so many people. And then, I became an actual worker and got paid for hangin’ out with kids. How cool is that?
I was sixteen and still had little control over my life, simply because I had refused for so long to give my life completely over to the Lord. But being at Gateway and being around my incredible coworkers made me realize I was tired of fighting God and the things He wanted to do in my life. So I said, “God, I’m done fighting you. Take my life and do with it as you please.” And He did. And it was the single greatest thing that’s happened to me. God took my life and began to mold me into the woman He wants me to be. He’s made me realize that I’m good at my job, and I love my job. I love being sneezed and coughed on by little rascals. I love playing princess and house with the little girls, or playing castle and Star Wars with the little boys. I loved coloring during table time and hearing the contagious laughs from the kids. I loved teaching my kids about Jesus, and how much He loves and adores them.
My heart is to serve. To serve the Lord. By teaching the next generation that they are loved in more ways then they will every be able to comprehend. Gateway and its children’s ministry showed me that, after fighting God for so long, I’m on the right path in my life. My life has been forever changed, and continues to change each time I step into the Buddy Boats and Topsy Turvy Town rooms. I know that I’m where I’m supposed to be, and that God will continue to bless me where I am.
If you’re at a point where you don’t know where your life is headed, let go of the reins and let God take control. Trust me, it’ll make your life ten times easier, and ten times more fun. God is a faithful God, and has a plan for each and every one of us. Don’t lose hope. Let God have control and He will make your heart grow in ways you never thought possible.