I'm sure many of you assumed I had either died or had given up blogging. Well, neither is true!After experiencing much healing from the disease I suffered with last year, the Lord put me to work immediately! I have loved every second of the opportunity I have been given to lead a team in ministry out of Georgia and to continue to write about my Best Friend and Savior - Jesus Christ. Just this past week I took a bit of a step backwards in the "health" department. I'm not sure whether it is because I have been "trying to eat the elephant" in one big gulp or if the secondary disease I now have - Myasthenia Gravis - is messing with my body. Nevertheless, today as I rest more than I normally do on a Saturday, the Lord is showing me a bend in the road He has had me traveling. I can't imagine that winning a marathon, climbing a mountain or winning the Indy 500 could be anywhere near as exciting as knowing the Lord is speaking to and guiding you! Sometimes we take a job that we have been given and we do it reasonably well. Unfortunately, too often we don't take ownership of that job and make it better. We don't think about the next person who will step into our shoes one day or how raising our standards of doing the job could potentially change an entire organization! We just "maintain" or "manage" what we have been entrusted with. I don't believe that is God's way! Six months ago I thought He put me in a management position to raise the level of efficiency and effectiveness in every day operations. That is being acccomplished, but I think I missed the other half of why He placed me in this position. I can't help but think of the parable in the New Testament that talks about the Master who gave 5 talents to one servant, 2 talents to a second and 1 talent to a third person. The first two servants "grew" their talents and multiplied what they had been given. This pleased the Master greatly. The third servant just maintained; he didn't take any risks and certainly no initiative. He didn't care about the business as a whole; he cared only about hanging onto his job. He would come to work every day and make sure the talent was still buried in the same spot. I don't believe that the Lord healed me so I would simply maintain anything! He wants me to grow something for Him! I believe it is critical to know one's purpose in life. But we Christians don't have to meditate, write out possibilities or even get several opinions based on geographic, skill or education levels. Jesus clearly laid out His vision/purpose for us. We are to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth - and we can do that whether we are sweeping floors, the CEO of some huge company, or a missionary in a developing country. Now, our mission? That's different. How we are going to do the "vision" is something we each must mediate, pray over, fast and carefully listen for. Although my first reaction when asked to work with a ministry staff was "I don't think so!" It has already become a blessing in a couple of areas:
- First: The people on staff are "divine" appointments for me. He assigned me to love them - even when iron sharpening iron is necessary.
- Second: He wants me to help them take their talent and show them how they can multiply it. I did get this part of my mission right six months ago.