July 31, 2011

Thankful

Today is the Lord's Day. As a CP wife, that probably means it's not a day of rest. Indeed, Sundays are often the hardest days of the week because of the sheer exhaustion of it all.

Inevitably, when I feel run down, I get a little grumpy. And quite un-thankful.

Someone said to me once about the rote tasks of mothering and homemaking: These are things that must get done, so why not choose to do it with joy?


I think that principle generally applies to all of life, including ministry. Because sometimes the rhythms of ministry--hosting, leading, organizing--feel rote, unending, and thankless.

However, let's change it slightly: These are things that God has given me to do. This is the place He wants me to live. These are the people He's given me to love and be loved by. This is the Body in which He wants me to use my gifts. These are the tangible tasks that allow me to practice servanthood.


I can just get by. Survive.
Or I can choose joy and thankfulness.

We can even turn the difficulties of church planting into opportunities to praise:

I am so far from my family and friends.
Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to live in a different culture and to befriend people I never would have met otherwise. Thank you for growing a family of believers around me.


I am constantly expected to lead, plan, and host.
Thank you, Lord, for giving me the opportunity to minister, connect people, and influence others for your sake. Thank you for letting me use my home and possessions in a way that honors You.


My life is not my own.
Thank you, Lord, that when I lose my life for your sake, I find it.


Sweet sisters, although what we do is often exhausting, it is a gift. Let us receive it with joy and thankfulness.