A truly worthy goal for us all. I am trained as a Chaplain to listen well with all individuals. This article is refreshing and life-giving. We all can learn to improve in this area, and consequently all our interactions and relationships will blossom.
I had a troubling dream about feeling useless in retirement, and wondering if I made a difference in ministry. Then I felt guilty for having such an egotistical thought in my dream. Then awoke to this scripture today., and the reminder that I will continue in ministry as a hospital chaplain. Thank you Jesus.
Do you ever wonder if what you do matters? Hear the word of the Lord:
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
Who are you? Who do you aspire to be, or not to be? Develop who you are.
What will you do? How will you live your life? Who will you be? How will others describe you or remember you? Will you simply go along, or will you be mindful, intentional, purposeful? At the end, will you regret time wasters? Will you be frenetically busy? Will you see, not just look; listen, not just hear; enjoy, smile, laugh, cry, allow the feels, not dwelling excessively (whatever that means to you) wallowing in them?
A good listen, this. https://youtu.be/Lw1KEsJ9eKo
On behalf of your clergypersons, and other spiritual leaders:
“You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.”
1 Thessalonians 2:1-4, 8
The article below may seem simple, truth for life often is. We love to complicate things, Don’t we? And especially important in this process, pray, and allow time to listen well.
When that position turned out to be completely different than expected, I realized how important it is that I keep my focus on the call God blessed me with. I’m pretty sure a job with the title of “Volunteer Coordinator” does not usually mean the primary job task should be “Nail Technician”. I am not good at painting people’s nails, sorry.
Lesson learned, Lord. Next time I’ll try to listen better to your Holy Spirit’s nudge.