How in the world can I praise God for a stroke? For the loss of employment? For a complete reshifting of my life?
Because through it, God showed me the joy in something I’d habitually avoided before.
Until last year, I worked a full time job that consumed much of my time. Oh yeah, and did I mention I had a preschooler? I had every intention to serve, but I also had every excuse not to. I saw serving as a huge undertaking that had to be an organized endeavor. Therefore, I put it off or would think to myself let someone with more time do that.
Be careful what you wish for! Last year, two strokes left me permanently disabled and unable to continue my career. Suddenly, I had time. The time I always wished for. God tugged at my heart, and I knew it was time to serve. I knew I wanted to serve.
Serving God is fun! Does that sound strange to you? Is that a foreign concept? It doesn’t have to be.
I was talking with one of my friends about how she recently became the creative arts director at our church. Though she’d been leading the children’s ministry for a couple of years, she continually felt there were people more gifted than she serving in that area. She felt God calling her to focus more on her love of music and the creative arts. What she didn’t know was if there would be a position at our church that included both. Gratefully there was! She now feels she’s where God wants her to be, using her musical and creative talents to serve Him. And she loves doing it! Her work is fun.
Serving God is fun!
What we often forget is that serving God can be enjoyable. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
We can find such joy in serving God!
Serving God doesn’t have to be formalized or recognized by anyone other than Him. I believe redefining how we view serving God helps. Ecclesiastes 3:22 says, “So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot…”
I now understand that I’m serving God each and every day by raising our one and only daughter. My friend is serving God by playing music and utilizing the talents He gave her. If you enjoy cooking, you can serve by taking a meal to a family who just had a baby. If you’re drawn to seniors, you can spend some time visiting with local hospice patients. If fixing things makes you happy, you can ask what needs to be worked on at your church.
Let’s talk about this! How do you serve God? Do you feel like serving Him has to be something specific and organized? Do you feel like it shouldn’t be fun? Maybe you’re serving Him and you don’t even know it. After all, serving God can be so much fun! Pray that He opens your eyes daily to opportunities where you can serve Him with your particular gifts and talents. Each and every one of us is uniquely made to enjoy serving.