Those who know me well…know that I make a mean meatloaf on the grill…yes, grilled meatloaf…and it’s AWESOME! Even the kids love it…can you believe that? It’s true. But it took time to get to that wonderful experience…yep…my first experiences with meatloaf weren’t quite as pleasant. Others have funny, weird, or wacky stories around their experiences with meatloaf…just like this story below.
A mother was making meatloaf with her teenage daughter, a ritual they’ve been doing together for years. As part of the tradition, the two chefs cut the end off one side of the meatloaf before putting it in the oven. One day, the teen asks, “Mom, why do we cut the end off the meatloaf before we put it in the oven?”
Taken by surprise, the mom began to think. She had no good reason, other than that’s how her own mother made meatloaf. Together, the two called up Grandma to find the answer. After a brief laugh, the grandmother admitted that she didn’t know the answer either; she’d learned the technique from her mother. Their curiosity sparked, the three went to visit Great-Grandma in the nursing home where she lived. Upon hearing the question, the ninety-eight-ear-old great-grandmother roared with laughter. “I have no idea why YOU are cutting the end off the meatloaf! I used to do it because I didn’t have a big enough pan!”
Now…we want to laugh at that story…BUT…are we doing the same thing? I want to take this story and apply it to what we do in ministry…especially our children’s ministries…but it should be applied across the board in ALL our ministries.
So…let me ask…Have you ever taken the time to objectively understand why we do what we do? When was the last time we took a long hard look at our Children’s Ministry and how we do things…both individually and our ministry as a whole? And I’m wondering…if we DID look objectively…would we find that we’re still doing many things the same way after many years…only because we saw someone else do it that way in the past? I believe it would do us all some good to look at our ministry…through a microscope…and find out in how many areas we are “cutting the meat loaf”…and we don’t even know why.
Friends…fellow laborers…I believe it’s time to question the status quo. Let’s look at our programs, processes, and systems. We’re doing many great things…BUT…many things we’re doing may have made sense in the past, but may no longer be relevant. Not everything is a “meat loaf”…but many things are. It’s important that we ask the question so we know where the “meatloaves” are in our ministry.
Let’s stop “cutting the meatloaf” and let’s do everything we do with excellence and ensure its effectiveness as we point and lead the children entrusted to us to Christ.
God Bless…and thanks for reading along!!!
BridgeKidz Children’s Ministry
Ironbridge Baptist Church