Discussing ministry in the workplace – “Whatever your passion is, that’s your vision”

Our Pastor had a great message last night at church. He always has great messages, it’s just that some things set me thinking (and writing) and often sets something in motion.

One of the things he said last night was “God will often show you a glimpse of your influence at the point where you feel like giving up!” Ain’t that the truth?

Ps Rob gave an example which immediately took me back to several instances of when I wanted to give up but pushed through because someone contacted me at that crucial moment to say how much something I’d done or said had an effect on their lives.

Wow! How did they know to contact me right at that very moment? Because I’d prayed to God asking Him what should I do? Should I continue or should I give up? Sometimes I would be crying out loud (thank goodness I work in an office alone otherwise others would wonder what was going on) and other times simply praying silently with tears rolling down my cheeks.

I’ve found as I’ve pushed forward with what I know God has charged me with, I encounter even more opposition, and often those things are personal attacks on me, what I do, my life, my character and so on. This was particularly the case last year as I was writing my book “Worth More Than Rubies“, and especially as it got close to the point of publication and distribution. Fortunately the teachings I’d received over the years in church and elsewhere had told me that when we’re doing God’s work, there will be continued attacks to try and knock us off our path.

When I got back home from church I read the message on my calendar for the day and had to smile – a reinforcement from God.

“Only be strong and courageous!” Joshua 1:18 NIV.
God had battles for you to fight and win in his strength, but you must do your part.

2 Comments so far »

  1. by Beverly, on March 1 2008 @ 11:15 pm

     

    Can I say “Been there. Done that.” Yes, I could write a book about the times I was deep in the valley and ready to give up when God showed up and showed out! (My Pastor says that in church alot!) The Word says when you are at your weakest, that’s when God can work thru you and His power makes you stronger again. I’m so glad to know I have somewhere to turn during those moments.

  2. by Karen O'Bannon, on March 3 2008 @ 11:29 pm

     

    I think we’ve all taken turns being in the valley. As if the work itself isn’t hard enough, people sometimes don’t make things any easier. But the good thing about a vision God gives you is that the vision itself will give you strength. And those affirmations that you spoke of earlier are the icing on the cake!

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John 5:17
Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working."

My name is Kathie and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I grew up always knowing that God was with me and formally accepted Christ as my Saviour when I was 14 years old. I have had many experiences where God has been involved at my places of work and amongst my work colleagues.

A few years ago I heard the founder of Australian Christian TV speak - I don't remember a lot of his talk but I do remember one particular phrase that has stuck with me ever since. He said "Whatever your passion is, that's your vision" . It struck a chord with me and I realised that the very things that made me passionate are the same things that I do daily in my business, and through those things I know I touch many lives. I believe I am where our Lord wants me to be.

 

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