I just uploaded part 3 in my Ruth series entitled "A Match Made in Heaven". You can listen to it in the podcast player on the right side of the blog or download it in the iTunes link here. I've been thoroughly enjoying the preparation of this series and I've definitely fallen back in love with sermon prep.
A New Ministry ... A New Lesson
Things in the new ministry has been interesting to say the least. It's by far the most unique ministry situation I've been in. One lesson God has been teaching me is that as we grow older in this journey called life, we either become sweet or sour. And I think that depends on how we learn to embrace all that God sends our way. If we learn to give thanks for all things and trust Him in faith during seasons of suffering, our hearts will grow tender and softer as we age, but if we think our rights were violated and complain that life stinks because nothing goes our way, I think that's how people grow sour and bitter. So I pray I will grow sweeter as the years go by :) BTW, there are some amazingly sweet people in Wesley! Radiant with warmth and love. And by God's grace, I hope I can grow old gracefully as they have :)
To help me with this goal, instead of asking "why?" to God when difficulties come my way, I have now learned to ask God "what?" ... "What do you want me to learn through this difficult situation, God?" "What is it that you are trying to teach me?" "What do you want to develop in me through this?" This line of questioning has greatly changed my perspective on life, difficulties and other people that come my way. And this change in approach effects my faith and heart ... and determines if, with each passing day, I am becoming sweet ... or sour.
Anyways, I pray that all who read this will be growing sweeter in faith until we reach our final banquet table with our Savior and Friend, who has been and always will be working out ALL THINGS for His good purposes ... and for His glory.
(Man, all this sweet and sour talk makes me want to eat "tang-su-yuk"!) Maybe Sunday :)
Jars of Clay
By Jars of Clay