What a crazy, busy week it has been and will be. Good but incredibly busy. There are so many big project things on the plate right now as we head into summer months so I’m a little under the gun. But I know it will all work out and things will fall into place.
Tonight I had about 35 youth over for a bbq. Mad house fun but a perfect night. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and the kids came to and from Memorial Park. We had a nice time of sharing together at the end and it was wonderful to hear their testimonies of what God has been doing in their lives through c-groups, our student led small group Bible studies. They also weren’t ready for it to quit for the summer so we’ve decided to keep up with a c-group or two over the summer. Who am I to keep them from gathering together for community and Bible study? I was reminded tonight about why I love what I do and why I’m in ministry. It is my life calling. My heart only feels at home when I am about the purpose of connecting people with God. Even though I sometimes get weary of a host of things that come along with the territory of church work, I have no doubt of my calling and it is most important to me. I know it is truly what brings me a sense of contentment and meaning. That is also why I’m saddened by the understanding that I’ve been selfish and self-preoccupied for a while now and not as committed as I know I should have been to connecting others, and myself, to God. It is so easy to get distracted by life and things that are not bad in themselves but can be distractions if you allow them to be.
I want to end with this thought.
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21
Submit, not because someone has earned it . . . but because Christ put me first.
Forgive, not because someone deserves it . . . but because Christ forgave me.
Serve, not because someone needs it . . . but because Christ served me.
Accept, not because someone should be accepted . . . but because Christ accepts me.
Don’t do right because it is the right thing to do. Do right because Christ has done right by you.
Peace – Melissa