Saturday, December 12, 2015

Learning to crawl

When my first daughter learned to crawl she had trouble getting her hands and legs to work together.  It went like this - hand, hand, flop on face.  The amazing thing is she didn't cry or get mad.  She just pushed herself up and tried again. 

I could certainly use a little of that determination because apparently my ministry to the poor is going to look a lot like Stephanie crawling - progress, progress, face-plant. 

I am overjoyed that God has given me a desire to minister to the less fortunate.  My own attitudes are being shaped and sanctified - progress.

I organized another free yard sale for needy families.  Our church found a Christian non-profit to partner with and many people at church got involved in various ways - progress.

Under 30 people came - flop.

About half way through I had a melt down.  I asked God if I had gotten these people involved for no reason.  I asked Him if I had misinterpreted His instructions.  I asked Him if I was a failure and the whole thing was a mistake.  Then I tried to pretend everything was fine and count the minutes until I could leave.

Fortunately a few ladies figured out I was upset and reassured me.  They did not feel that the work they put in was a waste of time, and they did feel like the people who came were worth the effort.  They said if one person was influenced and helped it was enough. 

How did I get so blessed to have people like this in my life.  God is good.

4 comments:

  1. Ministry is about loving the people. I work in recovery and sometimes people succeed and I am proud of them, and sometimes they relapse, but I love them either way. Your give away was a success because you gave of yourself to help others that is what counts and I am proud of you.
    Be blessed
    Pastor Lorin

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  2. There is that story about the starfish, do you know which one I am talking about? To me 30 seems like a lot, but I know how much time and effort go into these things, too. You did well, my friend.

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  3. There is that story about the starfish, do you know which one I am talking about? To me 30 seems like a lot, but I know how much time and effort go into these things, too. You did well, my friend.

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  4. I love the story of the starfish. Thanks for the reminder.

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