Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Ministry

The little boy plopped down next to me in the grass. "Professor Heather, do you like the fireworks?" he asked. Yes, I did, but there was something more exciting than the event displayed in front to of my eyes. A little boy who was learning about Jesus.

I'm thankful that God works through ordinary people to accomplish his extraordinary purposes. Sometimes people shy away from being involved in church activities. "I'm too busy to help out in the Nursery..." Or "There's already lots of people working in the kitchen..." or "I'm not any good at doing that kind of stuff..."

They're missing out. Yes, it is work to be involved in ministry and sometimes it causes us to sacrifice or stretch ourselves, but the rewards are beyond compare. Scripture tells us that what we sow, we will reap.

So, even though I've wanted to pull my hair out a few times this summer over this new ministry position (children's director), I KNOW beyond a doubt that it is worth it. And when I get all caught up in the details, I'm reminded that it's about the little guy who first met Jesus at one of our events.

Thank You Lord for the priviledge of partnering with You in loving people and caring for them. Thank You Lord that You share Your heart with us and involve us in Your purposes!


Denise said...

Beautiful my friend, bless you.

Susan said...

Yes, if it was all for this little boy, it was worth it!!

"I'm thankful that God works through ordinary people to accomplish his extraordinary purposes."


Tami Boesiger said...

Amen, sister! While ministry can be very hard work, I find it to be rejuvenating at the same time watching God do His thing with people. It is such a privilege to be on the front lines of His work. Thanks for investing yourself, Heather. May you always know the reward in serving well.

Kristi said...

I agree, they are missing out! I wouldn't miss that adventure with God for the world!

Cheryl said...


Thanks for sharing your thankful heart!

Have a great day!

Erica said...

It is always worth the effort! The rewards far outweigh any difficulties or "inconveniences."
Thanks for the reminder.

Marsha said...

What a compassionate heart you have. Praying for you and your new position.

Tiffany Stuart said...

Hi Heather,

I am confident you are living out God's purpose for your life. Thankful you are willing to serve, sacrifice and reap the benefits as you witness lives touched by the Savior. Like the little boy.

Keep pressing into Him and pouring out love!

Laurie Ann said...

God is definitely working through you to accomplish His purposes for these precious children. Awesome post, Heather! Happy TT!

Peggy said...

Amen Heather!

Thank You Lord for Heather and her part in any and every ministry! May You draw others to find such
JOY to serve You! Bless this little boy and each child she blesses with knowing You Jesus!

Tracey said...

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy S. said...

Like after planting, watering, weeding, picking, stemming, blanching and bagging for the freezer...this winter when I put my snap peas in a stirfry I will experience the reward of the first seven-sometimes-grueling steps!

Glad you're beyond your VBS PMS and enjoying looking on the fruit!
Love and blessings!

I am reminded of the Ray Boltz songs: What if I give all I have...what will that gift do, My child a gift like that can change the world, it could feed a multitude.
And then: Thank you for giving to the Lord...well, you know it.

I love singing online, I am so BOLD vs behind the microphone! :)

Beth K. Vogt said...

Straight to the point truth. Thank you, Heather.