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!

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  1. running42k
    19th February 2010 / 2:08 pm

    Sound advice.

  2. thelumberjackswife
    19th February 2010 / 2:59 pm

    Great post! You are right. God has us where we are for a reason and it is our duty to always glorify Him.Hey-can you tell me how you knew what Kelly had planned for the "Show us Your Life?"I didn't know she shared ahead of time.Thanks and have a lovely day!

  3. Riot Kitty
    19th February 2010 / 9:23 pm

    I think it's awesome that you love what you do – great teachers have influence way beyond the year or two students have them in the classroom. As for jobs that don't help anyone, let me see…Congress and real estate developers come to mind.

  4. Karen
    20th February 2010 / 1:30 am

    Claire,Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving encouraging words.You have a delightful blog. I love all the buttons you have on the side for prayers. You have a precious heart.And I love that quote from MLK. I needed to be reminded to minister in wherever God has placed me…home,work, etc. There are always opportunities…Blessings…

  5. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend
    20th February 2010 / 8:58 pm

    Wonderful post….I have a few free hours to visit new blogs and catch up with friends… One of my favorite past times. Hope you will stop by mine. This is my ONE YEAR Blog Anniversary and there are LOTS of prizes everyday this week and next….I am celebrating the entire month.Teresa

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