My sweet Grandma Kay, who I am named for, will be 90 years old this September! Can you even imagine the change she has seen in 90 years? When she was a little girl, growing up in Ohio, they didn’t have indoor plumbing. To this day she blames her bladder problems on the cows that lived in the field by the outhouse. Their mooing scared her when she had to go out there in the dark. Poor Grammy!
She has seen change in plumbing; change in food preparation; change in electronics; on and on the list goes. One of the changes that have been most difficult for her, however, has been the change in her daily schedule. My Grandma has always been a go-getter! She worked for many years as a secretary, taking shorthand and typing on a typewriter. Then after she was done working, she was always on the go – taking care of others and volunteering her time at church, the hospital and other places as well. A few years ago, dementia set in and has caused her to have a much different lifestyle than what she was used to her whole life. I think one of the things she struggles with the most is purpose. She isn’t contributing like she used to. Instead of being the one taking care of everybody, everybody is taking care of her (although she has been known to use this to her advantage from time-to-time!) She may have dementia, but she’s no dummy -smile-!
Have you ever been in a season where you lacked purpose? An illness, job loss, or other life circumstance has left you floundering, waking up wondering how you were going to fill your day. It’s not a very good feeling, is it?
I am currently in a season where I am waking up not wondering what I am going to do with my day, but wondering how I am going to get everything done I need to this day. Yet, if I had to choose between the two, I much rather choose a day wondering how I am going to get it all done instead of having nothing to do. It is a good/God feeling to wake up with purpose. God designed us to fulfill a purpose and if you are serving Jesus, you will always have purpose, no matter if your day is full of chaos or full of silence. The good news for my Grandma is that even though her purpose has changed, the fact remains that she still has purpose. Otherwise, she would no longer be on this earth. If you are in a season where it seems you have little purpose, your purpose is to press in to Jesus like never before. If you are in a season where you have a lot of purpose (AKA a long to-do list), your purpose is to rely on God’s strength to see you through.
Serving in ministry = purpose. Sometimes, all it takes is a little change in perspective to see that ministry truly is THE BEST gig in the world!
Your Friend in Ministry,