Monday, January 14, 2013

What Opportunities Look Like

Many of you know that I quit my job in November/December in the hopes that God would move me into ministry.  I had a hope of a part-time job that would pay the bills until something opened up--either part-time (to pair with the other job) or full-time.  Secretly, however, I wanted everything to work out perfectly...  You know: announce my resignation one day, be offered the most perfect ministry job the next?

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.
There is so much more I'm involved in, and I'm looking around every corner now for the tidbits that I'm learning, the parts that I can glean from each person and experience. 

Colossians 4:5 says to "make the most out of every opportunity."  Challenge accepted!

1 comment:

OldThingsNew said...

I love the quote you shared about making the most of whatever experience we're going through because it is just soooo . . . true! I don't like it when I'm in the midst of a trial but God has proven time and time again that when we (He and I) get to the other side there will be something to look back on and be grateful for. The core of our pain IS the core of our purpose! Much love to you Emily, Patti