The next of the the 8 keynote areas of our simple weekly calendar is ministry/church life. Elizabeth George in her book, “A Woman’s High Calling” limits this area to just church activities. This could be committees, teaching, youth involvement, potluch dinners, __________ fill in yours here! But I think this essential area of our lives is much broader and simpler than many of us make it.

Until the last 2 or 3 years this has been the area that almost did me in!  It seems once “they” know you have some days at home, you are at the top of the “call” list for the next VBS, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Group driver, choir, and committee member. 

Unknowingly I gravitated to other activities: writing notes when I hear prayer requests and joy reports, delivering soup or contibuting to a bereavement dinner. All the while I was still trying to think of what “volunteer” work I needed to do at the church!

It hit me one day — I can do the work of ministry without ever being on a committee or a long-term volunteer position. What a freeing thought! I can do women’s ministry among the women in my family! I can participate in children and youth ministry with my neices and nephews! Sometimes one does not have to look far to find a mission field!

Reference: “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.” 1Corinthians 12:7

Without looking far and adding another perpetual and on-going volunteer job (throwing another ball into your juggling act) — where is your mission field, where is there the need for you to be the hands, the voice, the feet of Christ in someone’s life? Find it and Just Do It!

This is a 10 part series.
Please enjoy the other posts under the category: simple weekly calendar.

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