Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Life-Ministry


Ministry... It has known various forms in my lifetime thus far. Youth ministry, women’s ministry, children’s ministry, writing ministry, Bible study leader, etc.
But aside from all the descriptive titles and positions held, isn’t LIFE just…ministry?
Life-ministry?
It’s all encompassing.
And it speaks truth more than words written or words spoken or name plaques sitting on desks.
Actions really do speak louder than words (Some clich├ęs are worthy of repeating.)
This life-ministry of mine, of yours, has a message.
What is my life-message?
Is it the words I write, the words I speak, the words I live? Are they the same?
When I share Proverbs 15:1 with my children do my actions confirm my message?
When I encourage others to keep going when the job feels too big, do I take those words for myself?
When I write of putting our hope in God instead of other things, do I?
True belief birthed on the inside is lived on the outside.
At church.
At home.
In Wal-Mart.

This morning, Dennis Rainey shared great wisdom on the radio. "We cannot lie and then demand truth from our children (or anyone else). We cannot cheat and then discipline the cheater."
Ministry is not separate from life. It is life.
Christianity is not lived in the church. It is lived.
What is YOUR life message?

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Photo credit: Flickr creative commons - lhar

Friday, March 9, 2012

Just Give Up



"The thing that is really hard and really amazing is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
Anna Quindlen

When I found this quote I was in the middle of a raging, internal battle. After years of people-pleasing and doing what I thought I was supposed to do, I suddenly found myself tired, confused, unfulfilled, without direction, and distant from God. Upon the realization that I had lived a large part of my life trying to be who I thought people wanted me to be and trying to be perfect, I was forced to see me behind the masks.

But guess what?....(to finish reading this post, please join me at Teri's Place, Keeping it Personal, where I am her guest today.)

**Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commmons - Balaji B