Lightbulb Moments

16 Nov

Sometimes I don’t know why I write here…I haven’t in a long time. Some days I let spill out what’s already leaking out of my heart. I never know where it’s going to end up, it may just be for me. But my heart is so full today!

I sat with a pastor friend of mine and his wife at dinner last night and I listened to story after story of former students of theirs marrying pastors, becoming pastors, missionaries, teachers, discipling people and so much more. It wasn’t just people from one church or one state, but these students now covered multiple states in the U.S. and missionaries who are all over the globe! As the night ended I looked at them and said, “Isn’t it incredible to know you have made such an impact on so many people around the world?” They just looked at me and smiled.

Their hearts for the Lord are contagious and their love for people is sometimes sickening (in a good way). It’s one thing to be in ministry and see the fruits of your labor but it’s another thing to continue on even when you don’t. It was in their faithfulness that this amazing couple served and gave and poured out, knowing they were fully committed to the calling on their life even though I’m sure they never imagined they’d have so many stories to recount with me last night. Being one of those many people whose life has been impacted by them, I came home so overwhelmed with love and a renewed love for student ministry work and a stronger desire to keep at it.

Having studied 1 & 2 Thessalonians the last couple of months, in the midst of the discouragement of ministry, I have hung onto Paul’s words in the second chapter of his first letter. “For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.” I’m not sure I knew what it meant when I initially read it, but I knew it held significance. Paul’s ministry was people focused, people oriented and seeing their lives changed brought him so much joy he couldn’t contain it when something clicked with them. They were so loved by him, his heart swelled up so much for them that he said, “For you are our glory and joy!” It’s as if he couldn’t help but sit at the feet of Jesus and say. “Lord, look! Look at them! Have you seen what they’re learning?! Do you see how the lightbulb has gone on? How they get it?! Isn’t it exciting?!”

So this morning I get a text from one of the sweetest girls I’ve ever known. A girl who probably unfortunately for her was the first girl God ever called me to disciple. Once a week we met for coffee or at her home to discuss the drama that seems to be never-ending in middle school life. We’d talk through school, family, relationships, sports, the junk of life and how God could use it all to teach us something and bring glory to Himself. It is by far one of my favorite times in ministry! The light bulb flickered on a lot! But the Lord had other plans for her and her precious family away in Louisiana. As much as I think about her and pray for her, we haven’t stayed in touch as much as I’m sure either of us would have hoped…but this morning I got a text.

“I leave for Bangladesh in 3 weeks. The Lord called me loud and clear several years ago to foreign missions and I could not be more excited about the places that he has led me and continues to lead me.”

Then the lightbulb went on for me.

An overwhelming joy filled my heart beyond measure. And I felt like Paul must have felt for the Thessalonians. I began welling up with excitement and telling God, “Have you seen what she’s learned?! Isn’t it so exciting?! She gets it and she doesn’t want to contain it!”

Maybe you walk through your day to day life and wonder what your ministry could even be. Or maybe you know exactly what it is and feel like you’re not fulfilling your calling. May you never tire of doing good! (2 Thessalonians 3:13) Keep at it knowing Christ is using you even if you do not see the fruit today or even on this side of eternity.

By far the greatest joy and the thing I will be most excited to boast about before the Lord Jesus when I see Him are those lightbulb moments with students. To get to look at Him one day and say, “Thank you for those students! Look at them! Have you seen how they have glorified you?! Thank you for letting me be a part of their lives!”

 

“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

(2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)

One Response to “Lightbulb Moments”

  1. Camille Kay December 18, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    ❤ ❤ ❤

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