I recently spent time in a hospital. This is not my favorite past time, by any means. However, the Lord sometimes interrupts our own agendas to take care of needed repairs. During my stay, I experienced exceptional care from all the staff from the dietitian, custodian, nurses, nurses, aides, technicians, and doctors. I thought how each one of these people served in a ministry. Each had their specific skill sets, areas of ability, and represented their facility. How blessed I was in their hands!
Lately, I’ve been studying to “have the mind of Christ” through scripture and our adult Sunday School book study. I realized how weak I am, and my priorities needed rearranged. Too often my thoughts focus on this world and its ways. If I seek the Lord’s Kingdom first each day, He orders my day more effectively. After I spend time reading His Word, communicating with Him through prayer, confessing my sins and weaknesses, He permeates me with His peace. Once that happens, He is free to guide me through His will for my service on earth that day.
Through this time of study, I see “work” as service areas. No matter what type of occupation you have, it’s a service to each other on this earth. When I taught, it was a ministry, When I sing at church, it’s another type of service for building up others. Another avenue of service the Lord recently gave me is ministering to middle-grade students through the books He helps me author. My service for the King of Kings is as important as the medical staff that served me, and whatever you do as a mother in the home, day-care center, sanitary trash collector, is as important as my areas of service and the hospital staff.
Praise the Lord that He can use a negative situation to cause us to reflect on His plan for our lives. He helps us evaluate our lives in terms of His will, and discover value and worth of all avenues of service for His glory!
What are your areas of service? Have you thought of what you do as a ministry? What impact on your attitude does thinking of your work as a ministry make? I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks for taking your time to visit and read my posts. I appreciate you for doing so.