Monday, November 8, 2010
You Can Pull the Plug But...
This week your Kingdom Bloggers are going to write about failing in ministry, and later returning to it. Or, I think that's what Tony meant when he introduced the topic.
The call to ministry is exciting, but when God decides to use a knucklehead like me, the time on the potter's wheel is well - long. Of course there is the initial surge, and I ended up getting support from my local church and the Episcopal Diocese of CT. I started seminary classes. I thought it was all planned out. Ha!
I have written about some of the chapters of my life on this blog. After things in CT fell apart, I move to MA. Fast forward to this past Summer, and we arrive at the resurgence. It has only been a few months and God is at work in my life opening some new doors.
The Christian life is a journey. None of us really know what is next. Without a relationship in which we talk to and hear from God, our faith is reduced to hoping that God hears us. As I approach another flat spot in the race of life, I am starting to feel those some feelings I had so many years ago: expectation, excitement, and joy for the work that God has personally called me to do. I have lots of ideas about leadership, but most importantly, I want to hear God and do what he asks.
As the Lord restored David to his position as King after his fall, God has allowed me to minister in spite of my many failures too. With all that is behind me, I am glad that I am ministering, and not running for office!
Some time soon, I am going to be teaching a class about the 5-Fold ministry and the spiritual gifts. It is my passion, and it is who God has made me.
How about you, what has God called you to do? Are you doing it?