We had a work day at church today, and as we arrived there were many cars in the parking lot. It made me smile.
Several years ago, while we were serving in a different ministry, a church work day was planned by the leadership. As the day approached, my husband found out that the leaders in charge of the day would not be there. On that day, our family showed up and we were the only ones there.
Sometimes ministry is like that. It’s disheartening. You work hard, but feel like you are all alone. And sometimes you don’t just feel it; you actually are the only one working. This is one of the reasons why “burnout” in ministry occurs.
And so, on this day, I couldn’t help but smile. It’s an incredible blessing to be involved in a church where we are serving along side so many others. As I observe the faithfulness of our congregation, I see the selflessness with which everyone serves and it encourages me to work hard as well.
Twenty years in ministry. It’s a long time and there are a lot of stories to tell. Today, the story is one of gratefulness. We know what it’s like to serve alone and we know what it’s like to serve with many. I’m grateful to be where we are at today.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 2:23,24
Celebrating twenty years in ministry!