Many of you may be familiar with this past month’s scripture.
Month Scripture (MSG) Galatians 6:9-10, “So lets not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.”
This whole year in fact, for me, has been about community. Trying to reach out more in the blogging community especially because I don’t have a community outside of blogging most of the time. Unless I visit home.
I want to talk about how God led me through some amazing thoughts He put on my heart, but in order to do that, I have to let you know what kind of mental space I’ve been in lately, and it is not pleasant to admit.
I have to be honest. When I started taking a few days break in March and April, I noticed my stats go down especially in April, and it was weighing on my shoulders.
I started to wonder if I’m not being involved enough with you all.
I wondered about the material I was blogging about. Was I boring? Am I not covering what the majority wants? (Then again… I am a Christian blogger, when has it ever been about the majority?)
And yes, I totally was letting numbers speak for me instead of the impact God is allowing me to make in this community.
…and...it’s wrong for me to do that.
I got distracted by my own selfishness to grow as a blogger. Yes, I still want to grow, but there is a right and a wrong way to do that. Numbers mean nothing if I can’t put the light and focus on Christ.
Numbers mean nothing. But Christ is everything.
When I realized this, I’ve tried to dive more into the community. To be encouraged regardless. So what if the numbers are down, keep blogging about the truth, and pray that it reaches people. God will do the rest.
I’ve noticed we have to step out even when things do not make sense.
Since I’m home, I’ve been able to go to my home church.
One of the first Wednesday nights I was home, which is Bible study with the pastor. He discussed stepping up when God presents an opportunity. We had discussed gifts, callings and talents God may give us. But sometimes…we won’t always have the assurance of these things. Sometimes, God will place us in situations that we are not skilled in.
Situations we aren’t sure if we should be in. Ones that may be an emergency. Ones that may not have time for “proper prayer time to give to God”. What do we do then?
And then you guys, blogging community, I kept hearing the phrase while reading your posts, “He does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”
Now, I am still all about God using our calling and gifts in all sorts of different directions because we are the branches and we are not all the same.
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But truthfully, sometimes all He needs is for us to be willing, and He will do the rest for us.
Something I’ve drawn from this month and this scripture is that we sometimes need to do things for those in community, the body of Christ. To put others in front of ourselves, even when we aren’t sure. While being home, I’ve been asked a couple of times to join the choir.
From 7th grade, I think, to maybe my junior year in high school, I was part of the praise and worship team at my church.
I was …a teen. Not to offend other current teens reading. But, for me at least, I was selfish with my time, and going to practice at church, over time, didn’t make me happy. Oh, notice that word happy? So temperamental.
I felt like I was singing to the congregation, not to the Lord. I had called up the pastor and let him know I was going to quit, and he was okay with it.
I’ve grown a lot since that time I quit the team with the Lord, and the things He’s shown me. In fact, I know what it is like to have no church family. To be completely isolated by everyone because that’s what happened when I first was a newlywed with my husband. I moved to a state in which no one knew me, and I had a bad new church experience that made me bitter.
A praise team, I think, it meant to be an example to the congregation and to encourage them to praise Him both in voice and in spirit.
What if they (the choir) need someone to encourage them? – This question kept nabbing my heart.
Then another prayer night I went to, which the choir practices right afterward. I decided to stay and listen. Pastor told me again if I wanted to join them, I could.
At first, I declined, but that question kept pushing me. Not only that but throughout the month, I’ve been wondering how I could help my church while I’m home, aside from baking food for the potluck. Then Pastor asked if I wanted to join and before I could tell the Lord, “Help me know this is of You,”
I felt Him say, “Really? You seriously are going to ask Me that…again? What else are you going to wait on?”
I want to encourage the body of believers. I want to encourage my home church’s congregation and the people stepping up to lead worship together as a choir. Unlike when I was a teen, the Lord reminded me that I have my own personal worship time with the Lord at home. Church is meant to be all about the Lord, but it’s also mainly about us coming together to Him.
I am now a temporary choir member when I visit home. ❤
Just on Saturday, we went to a family graduation party, and as soon as I hugged the mom I asked, “What do you need help with?” I’m not natural when it comes to serving, but God has helped my desire to help out more, and the desire to love others. It really has been such a blessing because I don’t feel forced..but I do feel joy.
I’ve learned that stepping out for the community can be a number of things, and many of them will confuse us. Many of them will make us feel uncertain. Sure, maybe not everyone we cross paths with will make an impact on us, but we could very well make an impact on someone that is God directed.
Being unsure and uncertain is a part of life, and being a believer much more because God can use anything as a lesson to see where our faith and heart lie with Him.
If the only thing we are certain about is the will of God, then that’s all we need anyway.
Be willing, and God will do the rest.
Please take the time to reach out to those around you.
How has this scripture of the month spoken to you?
Let me know if you have had any answered prayers for the month of May and prayer requests you have for the month of June.
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