There is one theme that keeps popping up in my life. People really want to know what will happen when I’m called back into ministry. I’m getting questions like “When you’re called back will you move?” and “What will happen when you’re called back?” I find this fascinating. Fascinating because I feel called in ministry right now. Fascinating because the present isn’t enough. Fascinating because people want to know what I’m doing, when I’ll be doing it and why before I’ve even thought about what comes next.
We are a people who want to know the answers. We are a people who demand to know what is coming. We have to have answers now.
Honestly right now I am not thinking about what comes next in ministry. For a while I dwelled on it like everyone else but then something amazing happened, I got too busy to worry as I was actually doing ministry. I was busy preaching. I was busy writing. I was busy living and doing and being. I’ve received requests to review books and Bibles and movies. I have planned and dreamed and thought about what projects I would like to take on right now. I am busy doing ministry in the present with people and I love it. I have no time to think about the future.
I think this may be one of our big problems as a church in general. We are so caught up in where we are going that we forget there are things that need to be done now. We forget that our calling is to serve and share right now and instead are attempting to plan how we will do that in the future. We should live and embrace the ministry that we are called to in the present. If we do that we might find that our course clears up, some questions get answered and things get a lot easier.
Are we focused on the future or planted in the present?
Which do you think is better and where do you think we should be?