Page 237 started with the usual cleaning and building prep for the day. Once the building was ready and the trash was taken out, I settled into my office chair and began work on the monthly Impact Prayer Ministry newsletter. While I always pray that the newsletter is useful in keeping people informed about what God is doing through the prayer ministry, the writing of it also serves as a time for me to reflect on what God has done over the past month. Even as I look back, I look forward in anticipation of what God will do within my life, and in the prayer ministry, next. Today’s newsletter reported on the incredible work God did with my writings and workshops at the National Student Conference and anticipated the work He will continue to do as I prepare for the International Conference on Missions.
Once the newsletter was done and sent out, it was time to take care of some minor issues in the building and then head home for lunch before getting ready to head back to the church for family pictures for the church directory. As the day slipped away, I fired up the pellet grill and started on some cheeseburgers for supper. While they were cooking, I sat on the front porch and took some photos of the flowers, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds that stopped by to visit. After supper I shot a few more photos then began writing today’s page. These daily pages become a journal of sorts as they give me reason to both reflect on and record the things that God brings into my life each day and some of the lessons He teaches me through my daily activities.
As I go through a season of mental fatigue and discouragement, it is good to have a plan in place to reflect each day on how the presence of God continues to be revealed to me and through me. As God uses my writing to encourage others, He also uses it to remind me that I have value simply because I am His child. Even as He uses the giftedness He has placed in me to serve others, my worth isn’t based on how well I do that. He has called me into relationship with Him and desires that I would love Him with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. I think of the story of Mary and Martha and how easy it is to think that doing is more important than being. While Jesus doesn’t condemn Martha for all the work she is doing, He does make it clear that Mary has chosen better with her decision to simply be with Him. Don’t get me wrong, our being with Jesus ought to produce certain actions in our life but pursuing those actions will not necessarily mean we have spent any time with Jesus. Jesus does say that what we do to serve “the least of these”, we do to serve Him.
I pray that you and I would take time to reflect on the work God has been doing in and through us each day. I pray that we would make it a priority in our life to focus on being with God as we enjoy His presence. I pray that we would choose “the better things” and allow God’s love to flow through us in serving others.