You Are Doing MinistryIn Blog, encouragement, Influence 29 comments
Because I am overwhelmed with my thoughts: of an email I got in the middle of the night from a young wife…the eyes of a girl named Candice I met Saturday… about how God, the Great Connector, dares to use any of us to make a difference, at all.
And I can say the word never and mean it when I talk about getting over God using me in a life, because really broken, imperfect me knows without Him it is so not possible. So when they come…
the kind words in email messages that say thank you, this is what it changed…
the you He sends to me at every event…(though you always look different) coming in close and whispering the same Jesus message…This is your call, keep going…
the blog readers…YOU…who somehow see past flesh to value honest words and then, God miraculously connects our hearts…
I will never get over any of it.
And I wish you knew…really, truly knew…what it feels like when someone says thank you and you really want to thank them and most of all, thank you, God because how strong is the power of reciprocal ministry?
Because this is the truth, friends, that every day people you would never know, like pastors, want to quit. And that Sunday they get up and speak and it is a masterpiece and changes your life? It might well be the day after they told God, I can’t do this anymore so please just use someone else.
And everyday, a writer wants to shut off the computer and never write, again, and an inspirer feels they have not a drop of it left to give.
But then you come along and say thank you and this is what it means and somehow God uses that to make the weak bones feel strong.
[Then, more people get to hear the message. And more lives get to change. And more ministry gets to happen. Yes, because of God through you.]
So when you think you are simply telling that other parent at the park with their child you struggled with that, too, know that what you are really doing is giving them the courage to keep parenting.
And when you smile at that person who no one has smiled at all day or pick up that paper the person beside you in line at the grocery store dropped so they don’t have to, not knowing they are the skeptic who does not believe there is a soul left in this world that is truly kind and now you are proving them wrong…
Or write a speaker in the middle of the night and tell her thank you because you feel hopeful for the first time in months after hearing her speak…
You are doing ministry.
*From me to you: Blog friends…this is my offering of love to you. Thank you for being faithful to read. Thank you for not being scared off by my honest. Thank you believing in what we do here and wanting to chase God hard with me. Today, please know: I thank God for you.
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