Each day I speak with people who are trying to figure out the best option for them, based on their current situation. Some choose to push off their responsibilities, some choose to dive headlong into them, others are overwhelmed and have no idea where to go or what to do. My task includes helping them find a clear path to be able to take their next steps. I cannot put their feet on the path, that is their job, but I do strive to point them to the right path.
Even though my job is not in ministry, it is still a ministry. I cannot separate my Monday through Friday tasks with Sunday morning. There is no spiritual / non-spiritual category when it comes to being a believer. My heart, my desire, is to interact with people and give them a glimpse of the love God has for them. My thought is, I may be the only kind person they speak with today. In this world there is so much hurt and anger, pain and sorrow, I don’t want to add to that kind of battle.
Instead, my desire is to help carry the burden for a while. Whether it is listening to someone share their story and being able to affirm their battle scars or being able to sit with them in silence, just letting the Holy Spirit come into the pain. I am no healer, no doctor, but the Holy Spirit can do amazing things when it is invited into the situation.
This past weekend we had some friends and their kids over to our farm. It was a time of silliness, laughter, story-telling, and playing. The children did not have to worry about cars, strangers, or bedtimes. The only thing they had to do was put one foot in front of the other and run. Or laugh. Or dance. They were free. No burdens. No worries. Just pure, unfiltered joy.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:1-3).
Best Beloved, that is my desire for all of us. Pure, unfiltered joy. So let us go with joy where our feet may run.