February will be busy since Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, is Feb 14th. We’ll be joining Holy Family for an Ash Weds. worship service. February 4th , the first Sunday of February is both the Annual Meeting for the church as well as Super Bowl Sunday. With the Super Bowl in mind here’s a little story.
“Football fans may remember when Bo Schembechler was the coach of the Michigan Wolverines. It’s said that Schembechler used to work his players especially hard during spring practice to see what kind of young men he had, winners or quitters. He made a sign with a slogan on it and hung it above the locker room door. The sign read: “Those Who Stay Will Be Champions.”
Of course, not everyone stayed. One morning Schembechler came to the office and looked at the sign. Underneath the words ‘Those Who Stay Will Be Champions’ someone had written, ‘And those who quit will be doctors, lawyers, and captains of industry.’”
On Sundays recently, we’ve been talking about being called into various types of ministries; those ministries we’ve been part of in the past, those ministries God is calling this church to at this time and those ministries we ourselves are feeling most drawn to do as Christians.
The thing is we are all different from one another, and because a number of people enjoy going to Harbor Impact to help get ready for Impact days on the last Tuesday of the month, or enjoy working in the food pantry or like to visit folks who could use some company, that doesn’t mean we all are called to these same ministries. We each have differing talents, interests, backgrounds and skills. What I find to be very pleasing as a Christian may not be what you feel excited about at all. And that’s ok.
Being called to any ministry is special. Here are some good points about the difference between a job and a call to ministry for the average person in the church.
If you have an interest that feels like it would be helpful to other people and you feel a certain passion around that particular interest; and if you feel as though you’re being pulled in the direction of that particular passion, then you most probably are feeling a call to do something in the church or community. What we feel called to might already be a ministry of the church, or it may be something that no one has ever tried before or even thought of. That doesn’t mean it cannot be done here at this church. The very best thing we can do for the church is to pay attention to where our heart is because this is where our passion and energy will be. And then do that new thing. God speaks to and through each and every one of us. We seem to be pretty darned good at hearing the voice of God and responding to it around here.
And that is very good.
May God bless and empower us as disciples of Jesus Christ, called to be in the ministry of this church and community.
God is Good and So Are You,