In church life, it’s pretty common for people to have great ideas but not much elbow grease to do the great ideas. I wish I had a nickel for every time some has said, “Hey! Y’all should do . . . [insert great idea]”
In the early days of the church, there was a problem related to the food distribution & the apostles’ answer was to tell the congregation to find men who had a good reputation & filled with the Holy Spirit to take over the food distribution.
Rather than take over the problem, the apostles used the challenge as a way to increase the ministry. They continued to pray & preach while adding on a hugely helpful component of humanitarian ministry.
Maybe the things that get you frustrated, angry or upset could possibly be the places where God would have you roll up your sleeves & invest some elbow grease 🙂
It’s something to think about today!
Just because I want to do something doesn’t mean that I should – indeed, learning to work with people, helps us to do much more than what we could do by ourselves. Furthermore, only God is wired up to do all of that stuff & much more. If you’re like me, let’s be mindful that we don’t drown ourselves in all our dreams and desires 🙂
Feel like you’re in a storm? Are you having a difficult time with life? Sometimes we feel like we’re drowning & we’ve neglected to put on our “floaties”. I go through times like this & feel like I’m going to drown in problems – but here’s some really cool help:
I was thinking about how Peter got out of the boat in a storm & walked with Jesus – such a powerful metaphor for us when our life is stormy. Jesus’ disciples were in the middle of a storm & were struggling to stay afloat & when Jesus came strolling along in the middle of the storm, walking on the water, they freaked out!! Peter asked Jesus to get out of the boat & walk to Him – Jesus said, “Yes!” So here’s some help for you in a storm: with Jesus, any storm can be a stroll.
I have this eating trick that’s kind of stupid, but it works for me: whatever I like the least is what I eat first & whatever I like the best, I save for the last, so that I have something to look forward to. There’s a whole psyche that lies behind this strategy, but that’s a story for another day ,)
My point is that I have a plan that helps me to look forward to something that I enjoy. Maybe this is why God created mankind last when God created the world. Perhaps God waits with eager anticipation to get to be with us – waiting for those moments when we turn our attention to God and give some of our time and presence to our Creator. I have this strong conviction that the fundamental purpose that God created us is to have fellowship with God. With this in mind, the fellowship we get to have is sacred, relished and wholly pleasing to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (that’s alot of pleasure!!). God looks forward to getting to be with you today 🙂