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Korea in a Week – Expectations

I must say that when I went to Korea, I didn’t have high expectations. The organizer of the conference told me in advance not to expect a large group of people. Instead, he told me to remember that this conference would be a good start toward increasing the awareness of the importance of Children’s Ministry in the life of the Korean church. I think he was afraid I would be disappointed by the turn out and he wanted to make sure my expectations weren’t set too high.

I had my own doubtful expectations before the trip as well. I wondered if what I had to say would have any relevance to a nation on the other side of the world. I wondered if the FC Kids philosophy of ministry would have any impact on a culture so different from ours. I wondered if my sessions on volunteering would add any insight to a culture that exudes servanthood. I wondered if the trip was even worth taking.

But then the trip came, and along with it came the realization that both my expectations and the organizer’s expectations were way too low. With over one thousand people in attendance and an overwhelmingly positive response, I once again remembered that I should NEVER have low expectations about what God can and will do if I just make myself available.

When you live out the principle of Ephesians 3:20, believing that God is able to accomplish infinitely more than you might ask or think, you can have confidence that God will put you in places where He can have a huge impact through you. Your primary job is to realize that you are in those places not because of your own special ability, but solely because of your willingness to be a vessel that God can work through.

So, open yourself up to the opportunities God has placed in your life. Let Him bring to you what He has planned for you. Don’t let low expectations discourage you and keep you from the amazing experiences God has created for you. Embrace each opportunity as a chance to make a difference in the kingdom of God, and then sit back and let Him do the rest.

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    Johnnie
    July 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Amen! Thanks for sharing this…Praise God for all He is doing through y’all at Fellowship Church and helping people all across the world reach kids for Christ!!

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    Matilda McConnel (Children's Ministry Academy)
    August 25, 2010 at 7:39 am

    To me, expectation and hope are closely related; and you can never have enough of either. Hope is a wonderful thing that everyone should possess. Everyone knows that you can’t have all the things you want, so when you don’t achieve something you have to hope, to expect a better outcome the next time around. And remember that God has a plan and you are a part of it.

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