Sunday, August 7, 2011
Ministry doesn't always appear in obvious forms. I mentioned in a previous post that God has radically shifted my paradigm. I am naturally a goal-oriented person. It's okay to be goal-oriented, but it was causing problems for me and my relationships because I was completely goal-oriented. I put completing tasks before people, even my own family, so God began to change me so I could be more effective for His kingdom. On one of my runs toward the beginning of the summer, I saw a bolt in the middle of an intersection. I didn't think anything about it; I just kept running. Then, gradually, God would put more and more bolts in my path until the thought finally hit me that they could cause someone a flat tire. I didn't notice it before because I was on a run--that was my goal. Nothing else mattered. But God has used those bolts to help change my outlook. It is more important for me to stop and throw the bolt out of the intersection to save someone's tire than for me to continue running just to accomplish a goal that has nothing to do with anyone but myself. Still, on my runs God continues to test my commitment to my new paradigm by putting bolts in my path. I have to choose to stop for just a couple of seconds to pick up the bolt and toss it to the side of the road. I don't know where the bolts come from, but they are always there when I exercise.