Do you ever think what am I doing? (Add the inflection in that question any where you’d like – have you ever asked that?)
I know I do but I ask it more like what and I doing? When I’m a little more troubled I may add the emphasis on “what;” however, often I find the emphasis on “I” …
I take this challenge as I reflect on “our Ministries” and I struggle sometimes to see just exactly what I am doing or how I am involved. As a congregation we seek our opportunities as well and the I becomes we – “what are we doing?” … to live out Christ’s love; … to show Christ’s compassion; … to fulfill Jesus’ Mission?
However, as I sit in wonder, I discover God ever abundant in mission around me; Think about it… our congregation (Indianapolis) hosts:
• Craft Group – it’s a semi-monthly gathering for fellowship, joy, sharing stories, and uplifting others.
• Tai Chi – meets every Monday, healthy body, healthy mind – good fellowship, a chance to embrace a positive community.
• Community Picnics – we give back openly with fellowship quarterly. We provide food and community.
• Missional Oblation – each month we give to a monthly focus / cause.
• We uphold the worth of all persons with unconditional love, compassion
• We gather in small groups / family ministry – this may be around a meal, it may be a group gathering
• We have study groups / temple school courses – where we delve into scripture as a community.
• We occasionally have Youth group (but as our youth get older, I’m sure this will grow). We share the good news, worth of all persons.
• We share outwardly and openly (communications team) – with our online blog we share our vulnerabilities, our testimonies, our stories…
The best part, I’m sure there are many more!
I cannot help but think the same holds true for our every day lives. God is ever abundant; we uphold the worth of those around us, we stand up for the down trodden, we lift up the value of all, share our stories… and even if we don’t make it ‘churchy’ we still share the Love of God.
Do we take the opportunity to proactively seek out opportunities?
For me… Maybe — not always… sometimes I’m focussed and have things to do and I think that’s ok; They’ll know we are Christians by our love.
So I ask again… “what am I doing?” What ministries are you involved in? Do you allow God’s love and peace to shine through in your actions?