You don’t owe me a thing

August 25th, 2012

Hello there

I know, I know, now just accept me for who I am and that the Thursday Blog has been pushed to one every three weeks. This will change, I am hoping soon. As it stands I am extremely busy until mid September but things are getting slower.

But I have a special treat for you today………….. I am not going to write about my new house :) In fact this will be an old fashioned episode where I attempt to draw a lesson from life to share with you that will transform your very existence. Today’s episode is called:

You don’t owe me a thing

Let’s talk about church baby, let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things of fellowshipping, let’s talk about church.

I bet you weren’t expecting some “salt n pepa” to start us off but that is what you have got. We are going to talk about church and your involvement. For those un-churched readers please read on if you want but it will be mainly aimed at the churched. If that sounds boring I heard YouTube are showing some great new videos, most likely to involve cats and musical instruments.

Now, churchies. Nice that we are now alone. How did you intercessory prayer go last night? Mine went great as I spent time in the Glory of God :)

Now I have been around awhile at church and we go through some very interesting stages especially as a volunteer. There is the extra super pumped action figure stage where everything is awesome and you go to 300 services and love every second of it. I love seeing people at this stage and I try and encourage it to last for a long as possible no matter how much a part of me knows they can’t keep it up forever. It is really cool to see young leaders at this stage when they start volunteering at church during the week. The Christian inside of me is yelling “Keep on going, you can do it”; whilst the Bank Manager inside is yelling “get a part time job as well, start a savings account, pay your rent !!!”

Now this stage for most people doesn’t last forever and they then get to another stage where they calm down and get some balance back into life. This is not a bad thing in fact it is a wonderful stage where the call of God in ministry can work hand in hand with the call of God in other areas like family, finances, health and dare I say it career. I hit this stage when I realised that I wasn’t going to become the next youth pastor any time soon, so I went and got a job. From there I have been blessed with a career; which has enabled me to fulfill my dreams of being a husband and a father. At the same time I have been able to be an active part of our children’s ministry and even though there have been times of being stretched; it has never been at the sake of my family. This balance has been so wonderful and I have loved that season.

Now there is one final season that I found myself slipping into and it is a very dangerous one indeed. It is the season of being around for a long time. Now this doesn’t sound dangerous as we all know people who have been around for a long time who we all admire; but I believe to get to where they are they needed they need to pass through this valley beforehand. This is the valley of being around for a while, maybe 3-5 years, maybe 7-10 years, but it is at the point you start to feel like you have really contributed to the place. That the place would not be the same without you, that you have personally contibuted to the success of the ministry, that you deserve at least a thank you if not a little party.

Stop!

Let’s just look at that thought for a moment. At what point do you deserve a thank you for everything you have done. 5 years, 10 years, 30 years? Well I have finally come to the revelation that that the answer is never.

Psalm 84:10 “Better is one day in Your courts, than a thousand elsewhere”.

I have finally realised that my church is not lucky to have me, but I am so extremely blessed to have my church. It is an amazing privilege to be able to be a part of what God is doing and I pray that this opportunity lasts forever.

So to my church I say thank you, and that you don’t owe me a thing.

Have Fun.

Dan

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