What is ministry?
For so many of us, we just concede that ministry is how professional Christians make a living. We pay them to "minister." But what does that MEAN?
I grew up a grandchild of a minister and so I thought I knew what that meant, but when I looked it up, ministry is simply the act of serving. Of course, one way to serve is thru "up front" ministry-serving as a pastor who teaches from a pulpit. However, there are many others who have a ministry.
Today at our service this gentleman was being interviewed about finding contentment and at one point he spoke about his interactions with children that he teaches piano, that sometimes they need to talk about their lives and he listens and coaches there as well as the keys. His comment was something like, this is almost like a ministry.
Sure sounds like it is one to me.
A friend of mine started selling the cookies she bakes and with the profits she makes meals for people who are struggling, sick or sad, to let them know that someone cares and that God loves them. She dropped off my Valentine's day cookies and told me about her latest adventure while tears rolled down her cheeks. "I just felt like I melted into the Lord," she summed up her experience.
"Sounds like you found your ministry," I observed as she nodded thru tears of joy.
And as I said that, I realized that I was practicing mine-listening and encouraging and sorting out things with people.
I used to ponder quite often and examine roughly what God wanted me to be doing. Then I stopped wondering and started doing.