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We purchased a house that needs some TLC, so life has been a little crazy. One of the tasks we needed to get done was to have the carpets replaced. We thought this would be a simple task, but not so.

We decided on a store and a carpet sample, then we scheduled them to do their thing. But after talking with an employee of the same store and an employee with another carpet store, we realized there were a few hundred dollars worth of hidden charges that we were not aware of on the front end of the deal. We felt tricked and very angry. Needless to say we quickly cancelled the deal and went with a different company.

In this process, I thought about how ministry volunteers must feel when they’re hit with the hidden costs of serving. I know that I’ve been guilty of sugar coating time commitments, understating expectations, and making a short list of duties while recruiting them, only to expect more after they’re onboard.

As we recruit ministry partners for the fall, are we being clear about the expectations, commitments, and duties? Are we setting the bar high enough to make it clear that their roles have eternal significance?

We’re asking more of our leaders in this coming year, and I want to be clear about those expectations so that no one feels tricked later. We may lose a few commitments because of the higher demands. But I think the strategy is worthwhile because eternity truly is at stake. In the end, no one wants to be tricked into serving. If we’ll cast a clear vision for how they can be a part of what God is doing, then they will be willing to pay the extra costs of serving.

Sunday hasn’t even started but I’m already excited and thankful for what’s ahead. There are 4 things that I’m celebrating today:

1) Baptisms
Our campus baptized around 12 last night and will celebrate with many more this morning. Baptisms always give me a spark of energy. It’s God’s reminder to us that his mission is succeeding!

2) Parent Meetings
We are hosting two parent meetings today for 5th grade and for 6th grade. I look forward to casting vision for the summer and next fall. It’s awesome to partner with parents and equip them to lead.

3) Graduation
I am speaking tonight at a graduation ceremony for two of my former students. They were my first group of 6th graders, so this is a special time. They have definitely grown up to make their parents and me very proud.

4) Vacation
After tonight, my vacation begins. It starts Monday with a house inspection on the home we’re in the process of buying, and then Tuesday starts the roadtrip! Looking forward to having that time if rest with my wife and daughter.

Sunday just started and it’s already a great day! God is so good to me!

What us God doing that you want to celebrate today?