This was written five years ago…I am full time now, and still loving my position at Love INC.
My whole life I wanted to be in the full-time ministry. I was raised in the Salvation Army as a child, so I wanted to be a Salvation Army officer and to show the poor, the afflicted and the hurting the love of Christ in a practical way, so that they might come to know Him. In my teen years, my family and I were attending a Pentacostal church, and I dreamed of being the next Aimee Semple McPhereson, and laying my hands on the sick and seeing them recover. As a young married woman I wondered if my ministry would be to wives and mothers. Then I became heavily involved in small groups at church. I led three of them and trained new workers. Finally, I found myself serving with the children’s ministry, writing curriculum and developing young leaders.
What I failed to realize is that in each stage of life I was already in full time ministry, because my desire was to be a handmaiden of the Lord and minister to Him wherever His hand led me. I rang Christmas bells for the Salvation Army, and served the homeless dinner. I played the piano on the worship team, and was the secretary at my church. I sought do the will of God in my life as a wife and mother.. this was all ministry….and I was okay with that. My lightening quick mind realized that this is what God has for every believer…to be so saturated with Him that we leak out all over.
But all of this changed a few months ago. Remember when I wrote this post about being lost about my future? And then this post about being on an elevator ? A few months ago I decided to apply for the Executive Director position with Love INC of Tinley Park. Love INC is a non-profit organization that brings the local church together in order to meet the needs of a community. I have no college or business experience, and I haven’t worked for 12 years. I’m just a typical home school mom who finds her nest empty for the first time. I was certain that my future included leisurely walks, writing novels and sipping tea from antique tea cups.
The process was long and arduous. I had two interviews, which was nerve wrecking in itself because I’ve never had an interview before in my life. I was always hired on the spot, so to say. It humbles me to announce that I have been honored with the position of the Executive Director of Love INC of Tinley Park, Illinois. I am ensured that the position is part-time at the moment, but I am still unsure where that leaves me for writing and for blogging. I definitely won’t be around as often to read and comment. Will you pray for me as I take on this new endeavor? It is evident to me that the hand of God has been on my life to prepare me for this position. I know that He is faithful, and that He doesn’t give us a task without equipping us to do it. But would you pray that I will put the writing part of my life willingly on the altar and be blessed with whatever I am left with?
I will remain confident in this, I will see the goodness of the Lord! All for His glory.