Ohhhh….. The Creaks….. Ohhhh…. The Moans
This past weekend I really began to feel my age. We are towards the end of our banquet season (seven banquets in all); it has been good, but I am sure not as young as I used to be. In order to do the banquet and do ministry on Sunday, the Teen Challenge ladies and I stayed two nights in a church. We slept on blow up beds, some that conveniently lost their air; also slept on chairs pushed together and some were even on the floor. This was just like we used to do on youth choir or mission trips. When I was younger, “Yippee”! At almost sixty-two…. “Ouchie”! With that said, there was something almost like a magic potion that made me feel young again – at least spiritually and in my soul.
Spending time with these amazing young Christians is a treat like none other. I cannot tell you how blessed I was to answer questions; listen to spiritual concepts they are trying to wrap their minds around. It was a blessing to hear them pray for the ministry, for each other, and for all the needs of their families. I was encouraged by the servant attitudes I saw; by the unselfish love they exhibited. By the end of the weekend, I was tired – no, beyond tired in body; but refreshed in my soul. I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to GET to be a part of these ladies’ lives. There is no other joy greater than being a part of helping to disciple young Christians. I think of the scripture that admonishes “older women” to help train up the younger. I hate to admit that I am in the “older” category, but I love getting to speak into these precious lives.
You might be saying, “That’s great, PJ, but what does that have to do with me?” Glad you asked. Our lives can become so busy that we leave out what is the most important. Everything in this world will soon become but a faded memory. The only thing that will count on a long term basis is what we do for Christ, and I firmly believe that the only thing we can take to heaven with us is people. Too often we get so busy doing the day to day; striving to get the “toys” we so want in this life; taking care of the daily dramas, that we don’t take care of what should be our priority: What I call the three Ss…. Seeking Christ first; Serving others; and Showing His love to anyone God puts in our path. There is a saying, “This life will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” As trite as that may sound, it is absolute truth. My prayer for myself and others is that we will ask God to DAILY show us ways to spread His love. There is a world out there with an amazing amount of hurting people, people of all ages. And the Lord wants to use us to be tools of reconciliation; of healing; and bridge building – bridging the gap for desperate lost and hurting souls. I GET to serve at Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge is where God has planted me. I don’t know where God has planted you, but wherever He has planted you, He wants you to be one who works in His field. There is an old song that says: “My house is full; but my fields are empty… who will go and work for me today?” I want to ask us that same question: “Am I, are we willing to go and work for Him today.” #servingJesusHisway