|Pastor Derric (far right) and Re’Gen 4-5|
And last weekend we met in Nashville, in part to catch up with each other and all the other Re’Gen alumns, and in part to wish our founder and director, Derric Johnson, a blessed 80th birthday. And as I listened to Pastor Derric encourage us to remember how God had blessed, but to keep dreaming and keep working for the Master, I left feeling inspired to go home and . . . do something!
And when I got home, I found a book waiting to be researched, puppy pictures to process, a husband, a daughter, and a precious grandbaby to love and support. I fell into my usual hectic routine, and today, while talking to the hubby, something struck me.
The conversation went like this: Hubby mentioned someone else who was being taxed while helping out an adult child, and that friend said something about how the devil always seemed to find a way to distract us from the ministry we should be doing . . .
Then hubby said, “But I know in the sovereign plan of God, this is supposed to happen. God could have prevented it, but He didn’t, so He has a plan for this.”
And as he said those words, I mentally redefined ministry: it’s not what we do out in public, on a stage, or for publication. Sometimes it’s what we do within our own walls, in our own family, in our own hearts. It is serving–and loving–those God has placed in our path because He meant them to be there so we would have an opportunity to love and serve no matter what the consequences. No matter if we see results or not. No matter what.
Because we love God, we love people.
That’s ministry. It’s not the kind that gets applause or recognition, and on some days you may wonder if you accomplished any good at all. Sometimes your efforts result in a broken heart–your own.
But God values obedience more than sacrifice, more than anything we do on a platform or out in the world. Especially, I think, in the home, where the only people who see are the ones who see us at our best and at our worst. When we obey in this most private arena, God sees. The angels write it down. And our reward will not come in the form of applause or accolades, but in the wedding garment we wear at the Lamb’s supper, when Jesus comes for his Bride. We will stand adorned in the righteous acts we performed for His glory. (Rev. 19:8).
So I will keep dreaming and working on whatever the Lord places in my path. These things are not the devil’s distraction, they are my ministry. They are my daily bread.
They are my joy.