I was taking my wife to the hospital. We are expecting our fifth child very soon and she was having a slight complication. As she’s putting on the gorgeous hospital gown (right.) she made a comment. She said, “I guess I have no idea what I’m doing after all.” The reason for this statement is because being this is our fifth child, we know plenty about giving birth and the whole pregnancy thing. It’s because we look so young that people often think this is our first child and constantly giving us advice like we have no idea what we’re doing.
This was a significant comment from my wife though. The nurses often treat my wife like a child which drives her crazy, especially since after the fifth time she has a handle on everything. But, as we learned today every child and pregnancy is different. There really is so much that we don’t know. I guess you just have to know my wife…
Later on I started thinking about what she stated and everything that led to that statement. The more I dive into children’s ministry and other church ministries the less I know. There are so many different ways of doing things. There are so many different styles, denominations and programs. It’s almost impossible for someone to say the absolute statement “This is how you do it!” That’s great except this other church over here is doing it different and seeing as good as or even better results.
Two things: beware of people who make absolute statements when it comes to style, etc. and beware of yourself thinking you know it all. Actually, this makes me think of a third thing…If you do think you know it all, do more research and talk to more leaders. You’ll probably find that there’s more you can learn.