I should know better by now.
God doesn't work that way in my life. I have heard of story after story of how He's done that for others, but not for me. For me, for whatever reason, it's about the waiting. The waiting, which is... really frustrating. But also... it's reassuring, if I take a really big step back. (OK, a REALLY big step back!) God is always up to something in my life, but He always takes His time doing it. It's part of how I know it's Him working.
So I'm not working in paid ministry. Opportunities to serve, however, have exploded.
I have even met with those who have walked this path before, and gleaned so much from their experience. One of the main lessons I'm learning?
"Whatever you're doing, it's experience. Use it. Learn from it. Grow from it.
It'll add one more tool to your toolbox."
This is probably some of the best advice I've gotten so far.
- That job that isn't ministry, but pays the bills? Learn from it: Develop trust before you share your message.
- Teaching those kids? If you can communicate the truth of God to children, you can communicate it to adults.
- Managing greeters? Hone your administrative and encouragement sides. Keep your eyes open and pay attention to the people around you. Lead a ministry.
- Speaking in church? Study. Pray. Practice. Figure out which hand YOU need to hold the microphone in. Be YOU.
Colossians 4:5 says to "make the most out of every opportunity." Challenge accepted!