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Conversations With God

June 22, 2012

You tell God you want to be used in His service.

GOD SAYS: “Really? Okay fine. But this is what I will require of you”… and then He lets you know what He WILL require of you.
YOU SAY: (after much soul-searching and consideration) “Okay God — I am willing to do these things, but I admit I need to rely on Your support to accomplish them.”
GOD SAYS:“Deal! Let’s get it done!”

Ahhh… if only it were that easy.

INSTEAD…. we decide for God what we want to do. Most of the time, this is how it really happens:

HUMAN SAYS: Okay God, I am ready to be used in your service.
GOD SAYS: Really? Okay fine. But this is what I will require of you”… and then He lets you know what He WILL require of you.
HUMAN SAYS: But I don’t want to travel so far away. Can’t I do it closer to home?
GOD SAYS: Closer to home?
HUMAN SAYS: Yeah. Air travel is too much of a nuisance. Too many crowds, too many check-points, too much “stuff” to deal with. Then there’s the foreign countries, foreign languages, foreign laws….will I have to use air travel?
GOD SAYS: Well….I guess I can use you “domestically”.
HUMAN SAYS: Does that still require air travel? There’s still the nuisance of the crowds and check-points and stuff. Oh -and I don’t want long distance bus or train either — it’s too many hours of long travel without doing anything productive. Is there anything else active I can do?
GOD SAYS: “Anything else? Hmmm… I could use a local worker in your province. How about that?”
HUMAN SAYS: “Does that require a car? You know my car is old, and I’m not sure it can take that much travel.”
GOD SAYS: “Hmmm… okay, how about your local community?”
GOD SAYS: Well, there is the homeless shelter…..
HUMAN SAYS:  But homeless people are scary — aren’t most of them criminals, or addicts, or crazy or something? No, I don’t like that.
GOD SAYS: How about the AIDS outreach program?
HUMAN SAYS: People with AIDS are either homosexual or addicts, don’t they deserve the disease? No, I don’t like that one either.
GOD SAYS: Sigh. Okay then, what about the free food place?
HUMAN SAYS: I don’t like to cook. And isn’t it messy slinging slop all day long? No. I don’t think I want that.
GOD SAYS: Okay….so what would you like to do?
HUMAN SAYS: I don’t know, whatever you think I’d be good at.
GOD SAYS: I can make you good at anything.
HUMAN SAYS: You know what I mean! Okay, I’m really good with my hands, what can I do with that?
GOD SAYS: There’s that little church over on Elm Street that needs to install a new wheelchair ramp. You can volunteer to help them.
HUMAN SAYS: But they aren’t even my denomination! Isn’t there something else I can do?
GOD SAYS: They need a repairman at the unwed mother’s shelter across town. You could donate your services there.
HUMAN SAYS: Unwed mothers? I don’t want to tell people I work around a bunch of loose women! What’ll people think?!
GOD SAYS: Well, what about volunteering at the hospital? They could use you for….
HUMAN SAYS:  Stop right there — I hate hospitals, they make me uncomfortable!
GOD SAYS: I thought you said you wanted to be used in my service?
GOD SAYS: You don’t sound like you do.
HUMAN SAYS: Well, if you’d just give me something I’d like….
HUMAN SAYS: God?…. God?…. where’d you go? Was it something I said?….

Too many times we tell God we want to be employed in His service, and then have “reasons” (i.e. EXCUSES) as to why the work isn’t suitable for us. But we need to remember, GOD will make you suitable for the work if you simply accept the assignment. When God told Noah to build the Ark, Noah didn’t complain about the monumental task, instead he trusted that God would enable him to complete it. When God sent Moses to Pharaoh, Moses was unsure of his ability to speak, but God also took care of that.

When we ask to be used in God’s service, God isn’t going to give you a job that you can’t fulfill — He’ll give you whatever you need to fulfill it. And don’t reject an “assignment” because it’s inconvenient, or too long, or too hard, etc. Remember, Jesus’ assignment was rather inconvenient, long, and hard as well. (And if He has rejected it on those grounds, where would we be now??!!).

Nobody ever said that working in God’s service would be a cake-walk, so when you ask Him to use you, you need to be prepared to commit to a task that has challenges as well as the rewards. And, nine times out of then, you’ll find that you actually like the assignment a whole lot more than you thought you would.

Just something to think about.


The Blessing of Work

October 26, 2010

Your Job.

Some of us love our jobs, and some of us…well, not so much. And even among those who love their jobs they still experience moments of frustration, exasperation, and discouragement.

In short, we’ve all had the “I hate my job!” moment.

I’ve been struggling with this a little bit lately. My current employment is pretty easy —  I’m a bottle redemption clerk at a locally owned supermarket.  A job can’t get much easier: Count the number of containers a customer is returning, and give them a credit slip for the amount. Feed the containers into the crusher machines, and do it all over again. Yes, I do enjoy the customer interaction, and yes I do enjoy getting a weekly paycheck. BUT…there are those times during the workday in which NO customers come with containers to redeem. THAT’S when it gets mind numbingly boring. I have to find something to do, after all, my employer is paying me to be there and work. So I’ll grab a bucket of hot soapy water and wash out the container barrels.
And wash the countertops.
And sweep the floors.
And straighten the merchandise displays nearby.
And wash the walls….

It was during one such boring moment at work when I caught myself thinking how bored I was and how much I hated having a job that can be sooo terribly boring. I’m sick and tired of washing the walls!

And God said to me: I gave you the gift of employment after you lost your previous job, and you hate my gift?

You know that feeling when your parents caught you doing something wrong?
That was the feeling that shot through me.

He owes me nothing, and yet He ensured I had a weekly paycheck when I prayed for one. Not only that, but He also ensured I had a job with low stress, good co-workers, a friendly manager, and regular hours!  Considering that my previous job included high stress, catty co-workers, a cold manager and sporadic hours, my current job is truly a step up in spite of the $5 wage difference! spite of the much lower wage, we haven’t gone a single day without proper food, shelter, clothing, clean water…you get the idea.

I had a momentary lapse of gratefulness to God: I forgot that He gifted me with a paycheck and better working conditions.  I was too wrapped up in what little bit was wrong to see all that other stuff that was right.

I’ll have to do better to appreciate what He’s given me when I have one of those “moments” again. Instead of dwelling on the stuff I don’t like, I need to remember to appreciate that stuff that I do like.

I know I’d be devastated if God took this job away from me simply because I showed contempt instead of appreciation for this gift.

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