CORAL GABLES, Fla., August 14, 2012 — Do you ever wish you could go somewhere to “do” something for God, to touch the lives of people in a unique way, to share His love, and to share the Good News of His salvation? Right now our ministry team is on such a “mission” as they are in the Czech Republic ministering to people through the outreaches of In His Wakes. Oh how I wish I could have joined them!
Sometimes I struggle with the concept of being used by God. It’s often tempting to think that one has to go on a mission trip or serve full-time in ministry to make a difference for God.
My responsibilities at home as a mother of three and the surgeries I’ve been forced to endure have made it difficult for me to attend as many ministry events as I normally do. It was hard at first not being able to go to the lake and join my team on the water. God laid this ministry on my heart years ago, it’s like my baby. Working with the kids on the water brings me joy as I see the difference our ministry is making in the lives of at-risk youth.
But as I’ve sat on the sidelines, I’ve come to realize the truth that my “baby” is growing up and it’s time to “let it go”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up the ministry, never to be seen again. I’ve just finally found peace with the fact that God has raised up an incredible team to carry on what He initially placed on my heart 10 years ago. I am blessed beyond measure with the people God has brought into my path and who serve faithfully on our team. I am also realizing that God has other things for me to do, other “babies” He wants me to birth. I am also realizing the incredible ministry opportunity I have at home with my real babies — my children and my husband.
It’s been so freeing to simply minister-as-I-go, to be a light for God wherever I find myself, whether on a lake, in a hospital room, at the gym, at the office, or at home with my family. How freeing to finally come to a place where I’ve quit trying to “get” somewhere or control some situation and just bloom where I’ve been planted.
It isn’t necessarily where I am, but rather where I am with God that matters. God is at work all around me. I don’t have to leave my zip code to impact the world, nor do you. We can make a world of difference every single day, wherever we are, as long as our heart, mind, and souls are in the right place — in line with the loving heart of God!
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