i work at a church.
(those are 5 words i didn’t think i would ever hear come out of my mouth.)
i work at my church.
(5 more words i didn’t think i would ever EVER hear come out of my mouth. ever.)
in the morning when i get up, i never once think: “man, i have to go to work today.”
my thought is always: “man, i GET to go to work today.”
i get to.
i get to go work at a church.
i get to go work at my church.
it’s been 6 months. and let me tell you, it’s had it’s fair share of trials and ups and downs and smiles and tears and hard times and great times. it’s tested me, it’s changed me, it’s challenged me and it’s brought me to a place in my life where i never thought i would be. and it’s a good thing. i get to do this.
this whole thought came about when i got an email in my inbox from another person on staff who was asking ministry leaders and staff at the church to park in the big open field behind our church when we come on a saturday night or a sunday morning in order to make room in our parking lot. my first thought was excitement, and not inconvenience. because you know what, i get to park in a mulch covered field on a saturday night or a sunday so that someone else can have a parking spot in the front or on the side of our building.
i get to do that.
i get to.
while on our high school retreat with 140 high schoolers that i get to work with, do life with, and grow up with, one of the leaders who is in college stood up to share what was on his heart on the morning right before we were getting ready to pack up and head home. the passion in his voice when he shared and the look in his eyes as he connected with every person in that room is something that will always stay with me. he shared Malachi 3:10 which says:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. “Test me in this” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be enough room to store it.”
that was all she wrote for me, folks. with tears in my eyes and more understanding in my heart than i had been able to find the past 6 months, those words from the book of Malachi changed it all for me.
test me in this, said the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour of so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
SO MUCH BLESSING. are you serious? this is what my life looks like right now. i get to go to work. i get to go work at my church. i get to park in a mulch covered field because i have tested the Lord and He is pouring out those blessings much more quickly than I could ever have room to store them. He’s given me this gift, and it’s something that i get to do, not that i have to do.
so much blessing. i cannot believe that i get to do this. everyday. in the tough times and the good. i get to do this. so much blessing.