As young adults, we often find ourselves searching and praying for the right job. You may also find yourself searching “available positions in ministry.”
When it comes to working in your church, sometimes you just have to take what you can get. This may sound scary because you may think you know what God has called you to do, but there is not really an opportunity right now for that specific position. Chances are God wants you to wait. He wants to see if you are truly allowing yourself to be a willing vessel. Ministry is NOT about you. It is about serving God and others. You are simply a tool that God has hand-picked, and sometimes that’s a tough pill to swallow; it’s also known as humility.
In Bible college I learned that many times when a student comes to … Read More »
The Declaration of Independence. The Bill of Rights. The Gettysburg Address. Roosevelt’s stirring speeches to radio audiences across the United States. Reagan standing before the Berlin Wall.
All of these are stirring masterpieces of both the written and spoken word. To hear them recited or to read them in text form conjures up some of our deepest feelings of what it means to be American. We are what we are because of the greatness of men who were determined to be trailblazers—to carve out a nation that was governed by its own people. At the epicenter of the explosion of our culture and ideals is the refrain of “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Yet, that very pursuit was impossible for a large segment of our culture.
That is, until one man had a dream.
On that hot summer’s day, on August … Read More »
Every year Christmas rolls around with a healthy amount of fanfare and multicolored lights. And every year I feel myself steeling myself mentally for the chaos that is bound to follow. Maybe I’ve just been burned by the retail life I’ve worked in for eight plus years, or maybe I’ve just let the retail life have too much impact on the beautiful possibilities this season brings. Either way, this is where I found myself this season when I happened upon this trail of thought.
We know Mary. We sing songs about her and recognize her as an incredible part of the Christmas story. We wonder how she felt, we admire her strength and bravery, and all of that is well founded. But today when I was reading through the Christmas story I couldn’t help but feel for Joseph.
Joseph was described as … Read More »