• 27Feb
    Categories: Musings Comments: 4

    I have been vainly looking for a ministry opportunity and then I had a thought.

    I do have a ministry.

    I have RememberingDan, I have my writing, I have piano playing at church, and of course, my kids.  They don’t seem like ministries.  That’s like . . . breathing.  I just do them because I almost have to.  Should our ministries be so much a part of who we are?  Is my search for a ministry in reality a search for something else?  Maybe worth or a sense of achievement . . . maybe stability or security . . . maybe a desire to be needed . . . maybe a commitment that will show me that I can be disciplined . . maybe attention or notice (I like to think I’m not that shallow, but I guess I’m still human and susceptible to their normal foibles) . . . maybe friendships or validation . . .

    If this is true (that it’s actually a search for something else–it would be helpful to narrow it down to what it really is) then it would be more effective to apply the correct bandage directly over the wound.

    I do need to remember that it is the Holy Spirit who is empowering me to do my ministries and if I try doing another ministry just to cover up another need in my life then the lack of the Holy Spirit will be noticeable and all I will reap will be exhaustion, frustrations, and more problems.

    My effectiveness even in child-rearing is dependent upon the Holy Spirit, not on what I do or how perfectly I achieve my goals or even live my life.  He is the one who is working in the lives of others.  My impact is only of value if He chooses to use it, which I believe He will if I am working under His direction.

4 Comments to Ministry

  • You have a ministry. The word “ministry” means “service;” to minister is to serve; a minister is a servant Just continue serving where the Lord has put you and thank Him for the opportunity. We are blessed just by the fact that we know you, although we have never met. Once in awhile we tell someone about you and your family and get a blessing ourselves just by telling it. If your kids are just like breathing, what a ministry! There are lots of people who cna’t do that effectively. Mothers are the most influential people in this world, and you have seven children! Wow!! What an opportunity to serve (to minister). If you could preach, teach, or sing to a thousand people every week, you would not “serve” half as much as you are doing now. So get with it, kid. We think you are pretty special!

    Our serving days are mostly past, and I don’t know whether we could have ever handled your ministry. We have 5 sons,4 daughters-in-law, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren and counting.

    In Christ,
    Wentworth (age 84 in another month) and Doloris Pike (will be 83 in June)

  • I understand the feeling of knowing I am serving and filling an important ministry of that as a mother of many children, many young children at that but yet feel as if it is not enough. Although I know and agree the role I play in shaping these lives, minds and hearts to serve, love and worship our BIG GOD is my most important role in this season of my life (as I truly believe you do) I feel at times if I have lost myself, as if I’ve lost my passion, the passion that is all mine, and not my family. My individuality. (please don’t get me wrong, I so very, very much love my family and all that we have together, but occassionally I feel as if I have lost “me”). MOPS ministry helped me with this. Now that too is gone. I’m taking a class at church on leadership (because it was once a week for 2 hours~ thought I could manage that.) And I’m praying for God to show me my passion. What is important to me. What I think or dream about. How I can make a difference for God’s kingdom (besides being a mommy, LOL). I am perfectly content being a mommy, but I know this season of life will change, and I know God has a plan for me, as HE does for you! So, I will continue to try to be the mommy He designed me to be, and watch for opportunities to continue to prepare myself for what is next. LOVE you can play piano, wish I could. Writing is something I pretend to dabble with, but not there yet. Find your passion, the passion… the purpose God designed you and you alone for (in addition to being a mom), and be ready when God places it in front of you!! So many hugs sweetie!!

  • I remember well the feeling that raising children was just a job, a chore sometimes; not really a ministry. God, and your father, reminded me over and over it was an important ministry – but it seemed so mundane, so thankless…and yes, unappreciated. Then the ministry was gone. You girls married. I found myself without focus. If I was no longer a full time Mother, what was I? Who was I? God gently showed me that this time was a time of preparation for what was to come… Duh. With that reminder, came the knowledge that all of life is just a preparation for what is next in life. Nothing stays the same – thankfully – and with each change comes more learning, more challenges, more stretching. God is truly remarkable and life just gets more and more interesting. Love you.