Yeah, take a breath. Let’s take a break from this intense thread… kind of.
The scary thing is, this blog thread could go on and on and on and on…. exactly what I DON’T want it to do. I just want to raise some questions and get to the bottom of things — what’s really important? what really matters? Getting there (for real) requires getting beyond some of our pre-conceived notions, prejudices, and our “well, if we just did this . . . “-type of trite, know-it-all-I’m-right-and-the-system-is-wrong answers. (Forgive me if that sounds judgmental. I don’t think any of your are operating in that kind of spirit, but it is easy (for me) to get in that mode.)
The truth is, I’m not truly convinced that any of us truly has THE right answer. I think it’s God’s pleasure for us to find His mind TOGETHER — yeah, that whole unity thing. It keeps us humbling ourselves and “considering others better than yourself”, it keeps us remembering that “I’m not an island” and that the Good Shepherd speaks to ALL of His sheep, not just the lucky few. And, I’m not trying to start an endless discussion of opinions with no resolution in sight. I hate that kind of thing. What I believe is that as we truly wrestle with these ideas, bite off a question and chew on it for a while, digest and put on the table what surfaces in our hearts… that together, we might actually find some nuggets of truth. I think we learn a lot, in the struggle. I think we grow in the discomfort of the unanswered questions. So, we don’t stop life until we get it all figured out, we keep going with what we know… until we find the better way… the more excellent way, if you will. This is why (though it seems like it would be easier) I’m not a fan of the “trash it all and start over” kind of mindset.
Most of us are trying to do something… and I say, keep going! Adjust as you go. Take come chances. Be free to fail. Even if what you’re doing doesn’t seem to be “working” (I feel that way, for sure), don’t give up! God loves faithfulness and He WILL honor it.
We’re not done with this discussion.
Let’s see.. question for this time:
1. Is your personal ministry (EVERYONE has a ministry!) “working” the way you want? Why/why not?
I dare you to answer that question honestly, and not wait for someone else, or sit back thinking you don’t need to deal with the issue. 🙂