Another Friday, another ‘show us your life’. Kelly, if by any chance you read this (I know how busy you are!), thank you so much for running this.
I love learning more about others in the blogosphere, and enjoy sharing about my little corner of the world too. There was something else planned for this week, but Kelly switched it so instead we can talk about ministry. What we feel is our ministry, how the ministry of others affects us, and all that wonderful stuff.
First things first, I don’t believe I have a Ministry with a capital M (yet), but more of a small ‘m’ ministry. I believe the best ways that I can serve and help are in the many many small things, the everyday. I try the best I can (although I am painfully aware that often my best is woefully short of enough!) to be a blessing to the people in my world, and the world in general.
So I’m kind, as kind as I can be. I’m (usually!) forgiving, and patient (most of the time!), and I try to listen and support and encourage those around me. I pray for my friends and family and want such blessings for them. I pray for those who call for prayer or for those who need my prayers – for the lonely, the hurting, the sad. I chose a career that I thought would help people.
Actually, I was at a major crossroads when I made the choice to teach, and a lot of thought and prayer went into my decision. I chose this path, because I believe teaching is a good thing. It helps people. That said, pretty much every job helps others, doesn’t it? I believe that every job has scope for improving the world around you, and holds the ability to glorify God.
Indeed, One of my favourite quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. is where he evokes the message of 1 Corinthians 10:31, in his statement: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
So I believe that doing my job, or rather my jobs (teacher, friend, daughter, sister, girlfriend…), well ministers to those around me. When my classes are well looked after, or my friends know I will listen to their worries, or Matthew knows I’ll help him through a tough time.
As well as this, I try to put as much kindness out into the world as I can…I really do feel called to do so. Whether it’s a smile, or a gesture, or some kind words, or a gift, or a card, I love that my actions can bring joy and grace to others. I have to say raok365 has re-opened my eyes to the pleasure of being kind to others, of serving, of helping.
So that’s my little hill of beans. I just try to do my best to make the world a better place, and cheer on the big hearts and brains who do the big things. I cannot wait to read about the awesome things I’m sure everyone else has posted on!
Have a wonderful day!