Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ministry Isn't Just for Church Folks

I had an interesting conversation with someone last week when I was in the throes of being seriously overwhelmed. Since this person has been known to take on responsibilities in many different areas, I asked her if she didn't ever just want to be normal? Like, just go to work, come home, cook dinner, and be done with it. She looked me square in the eye and said, "Do you mean does everything have to be a freakin' ministry?"

"YES!" I hollered, amazed that she had summed up my 20 minute rambling with one sentence.

Since then, that sentence has clanged around in my head, challenging me to examine how I view life.

Just to get us on a level playing field, I looked up the definition of ministry. According to Merriam-Webster, definition #4 is a person or thing through which something is accomplished. (That was the first definition that didn't relate directly to a government or religious office, because, contrary to popular belief, ministry isn't just for church folks.)

So, a person or thing through which something is accomplished...that gives me a bit more to think about. We should all be ministers of a ministry then, because hopefully we are all trying to accomplish something.

In a follow-up conversation, my insightful friend said that when we are passionate about something, it shows, and opportunities will knock on our doors to pursue that passion without us having to tip the world over trying to make something happen. (That's pretty much she said. I may have flowered it up a touch.)

In this 2nd to last post in our 31 Day journey, let me then encourage you to discover your ministry...that thing that you want to be about accomplishing.

I had a friend share today that she has found an organization called One Simple Wish, which grants wishes to foster kids. Not wishes like having their own PlayStation, but like wanting a suit to attend a funeral. I think that if she were to drill down on why that organization caught her heart strings, she would find a desire to love on the world's forgotten. That may be a life ministry in the making.

As you are walking around your life with your eyes wide open, look for it. Look for that freakin' ministry that may be calling your name. I would love to hear about it.

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