Yesterday, I was discussing how to say no to the ministries for which you don’t have a passion. It occurred to me that talent and skill also play a role with that.
Have you ever felt like you “needed” to do something you neither wanted to do nor felt you were qualified to do?
My kids were involved for years in a great Christian program. The leaders of the group just assumed I’d take a supportive role in the ministry, even thought it wasn’t required to. In fact, only about a third of the parents worked in the program. And I already had ministries and responsibilities. Every year, I felt the pressure because the leaders were some of my closest friends.
I waffled with this. Had a few attempts to be part of the ministry, but I not only had no desire to be a leader in the group, I was lousy at the required work!
That’s not always an obvious indication of God’s path. Moses wasn’t so hot at being a spokesman – at least he didn’t think so. But then, I’m hoping I would clue in to God’s path for me if a burning bush started talking to me.
(Not entirely sure about that, but I hope I’d recognize God’s voice.)
The bottom line is to pray that God leads and then listen to the leading that He does show you with pure motivation of wanting to follow. I think He honors that. He gives the Spirit of Truth, not confusion. So any confusion would more likely lie within ungodly issues like guilt, laziness, or personal agendas.
Today, in Thirty Days of Devotion, there was a little insight to the expectations and realities of Dear Boy’s mission to Africa. If you’ve been reading along, you know that not everything was rosy, but I can tell you that the things he learned, his spiritual growth, and the amazing examples of faith that he saw changed him.
God’s footprints were all over that path for my boy! Of that, I have no doubt!
Your turn: What ministries interest you, but you can’t imagine getting used in such a way?
Tomorrow, in Thirty Days of Devotion, we’ll finish up this short section on passions with the article called, “Passions Blessed.” I hope you’ll come on back and share some of your thoughts. Meanwhile, I have to share a version of the ageless hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King.” This one, song by First Call, has sections in Swahili.