“If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing it right. Don’t half-way do things.” My daddy’s words come back to me often (because he uttered them often). He was speaking about a poorly done chore.
“‘Better’ isn’t the right word. It implies that we keep doing the same things but we try harder at them. ‘Transformed’ should be our aim.” These words from Steve, my friend/pastor/boss. He was speaking about ministry.
Isn’t it funny how the people who fill our lives have so many words that fill our minds?
Anyway. As 2014 draws to a close and its time for retrospection and goal-setting, I’ve been thinking of these two things. They keep rolling around in my head. And since
writing about things helps me understand them: voila! This.
I have a confession.
I do things half-way.
I try harder to do better.
None of this is shocking to most of you. It’s definitely no surprise to the Lord. He speaks to my heart, reminding me these tasks are not futile. “Our labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:58) Oh, that my mind would be full of that reminder when I’m weary of the work!
I don’t do it to earn His favor, a paycheck, or accolades from people.
We’re told that whatever we do, we are to work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. (Col 3:23)
In whatever ways we serve.
Whether as a paid staff member or as a volunteer, the ministries we are a part of are ultimately for the Lord. We seek to honor Him even as we are serving people. And those we serve are of such high value that Jesus gave up His life for them.
Ministry is worth our time, worth doing right.
Not trying to be better. Not trying to do harder. We already work so hard.
Ministry is hard.
People are messy.
Some of those people that I love are going through crazy-hard life situations. Some of them got into their circumstances through no fault of their own. Some arrived by their own foolish mistakes. All are infected with the same sin sickness that I have.
So, I’ll press on, all the while praising God for the Cure. By His power, I’ll live a transformed life.
Oh, and dear one, I pray that for you, too.