To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22
I am celebrating a birthday this coming weekend. While I won’t tell you my age, I will tell you that I am right in the middle part of life.
It used to bother me that I didn’t have a very specific calling and place to serve in ministry. For me, I wanted to have a “ministry job.” You know, work in the church or for some big para-ministry organization.
I’m not sure if it was the prestige that I assumed went with it or just the fact that if I was working in such a place I would be on the same team with other believers moving forward toward a common goal.
But lately something struck me. Perhaps it is being solidly in the middle of my life, but it stopped me in my tracks.
I realized that I have been given a wonderfully diverse variety of places to make my relationship with Christ known and to minister to so many people who I otherwise would have never come into contact with.
Where do you work?
My resume is an interesting document. I look at all the types of work I have done and it is kind of funny.
I have had the privilege of learning how to work with my hands doing carpentry work. My Dad taught me all that he knows on the subject. Because of this, I grew up swinging a hammer. All through high school and college, I earned a living by the sweat of my brow and the strength of my back.
If you have never been to a construction site, let me assure you, there are plenty of opportunities to witness and share the love of Christ there.
I have been in people’s homes working, in their backyards building things, and in office buildings tearing down and building up. I have witnessed by my words, my actions, and my interactions.
I have worked in the business world in sales for a Fortune 500 company. There I had clients and customers and vendors that I interacted with. I was able to show them the ethical and dignified way to conduct myself. I was able to minister there as well.
I worked in a thrift store for a local non-profit ministry helping get the store up and running. I was able to minister to people there often at their deepest point of need. I was able to empathetic and provide a listening ear to those who had no one to talk to.
I owned my own construction business and was able to show how an ethical, godly businessman conducts himself and provides the service he promises with pride in his work.
I have taught countless students on their path to improving their education and futures while pursuing their GED.
I have had these students come back to me and tell me how something that I don’t even remember saying touched their life and made a difference.
I have officiated weddings and ministered to people as they joined their two lives together to become one.
I am a writer. I am trying to be obedient to the plan God has for me by sharing these words as he lays them on my heart.
When you look at it this way, I have already had a pretty impactful life doing the work I was called to do; even if I am already in the middle.
You may have heard the maxim “bloom where you are planted.”
It makes a lot of sense. If you look at each day as an opportunity to help someone out, share a kind word, show the love of Jesus, and make a difference in the world, then it really doesn’t matter what your “job” is.
You can be like Paul and try to be all things to all people for the purpose of drawing others to Christ.
And that is not a bad day’s work.