By Patrick Hawthorne
Life… It has a funny way of passing by with a blink of the eye. Because of the very nature of life, and its refusal to stop and smell the daisy’s, I have fallen behind in my reading of many of my favorite blog authors. Oh, I could give you multiple reasons why, but it would do nothing more than elicit a single mighty yawn which, if done simultaneously, could create a vacuum of such magnitude that life on planet earth might be invariably altered for at least two seconds.
Anywho, as my blogger friend, IB, of https://insanitybytes2.wordpress.com/ likes to write, I have been catching up on my reading. It seems that I have missed quite a bit. One event that I have missed is from another blogger friend who has found himself in a bit of life’s suckiness dealing with ailing family members. However, instead of wallowing in self pity, my friend, Wally Fry, at Truth in Palmyra (https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com/) has chosen to give God the glory because of the incredible peace provided. As a side note – and this is a huge paraphrase – Jesus said that life would suck at times but He would help us get through it. Actually He said, “In this life you will have tribulation. But, be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33). What Wally is conveying…or ministering to his readers… is that God will never leave you nor forsake you. Yeah, life can surely suck at times, BUT GOD…
As I was reading another post from another friend, Donald Norris at My Heart is For Israel ( https://h4i.us/ ), my eyes lighted upon a profound statement that he wrote. “There is certainly a place for sermons and large meetings, but we must never underestimate the importance of working with individuals.” Don is so right.
I know that I love teaching to groups the things the Lord has shown me. Yet, how precious is the one-on-one opportunities that we have to minister to one another. We must never take that for granted. As I wrote in response to Don’s comment, I would dare say that our Heavenly Father intends for one-on-one ministry, i.e., being there for one another, to be about 95% or greater of what all ministry should entail.
The message that I am attempting to convey is that we should never forget that true ministry has to move beyond the pulpit. Let us never forget that Jesus spent more time in the daily ministry of helping others than He did in the public ministry of speaking to the masses. Be a minister today by being a light unto a dark world. Be blessed.