reach out to me and ask Why? You
write pages of letters, sharing
your pain and I ask God, Why? Why
must life hurt so much? I pray for
you, but I wonder if you feel the
prayers. I wish I could focus enough
to sit down and write a long reply,
but my hand barely holds a pen and
my fingers have spent too much time
on a keyboard already. My body is
swollen. My heart sometimes bruised.
But I won't give up. I will never
should feel overwhelmed. I should
feel What can I do? Who am I? But
I know that with God beside me a
difference will be made. God can
make the difference. God can use
each one of us to touch another
life, even while we are still within
our own pain. I don't want the glory.
I don't need to feel important.
I just want to overhear how God
has changed a life.
begin to wonder what you could do.
What do I have to offer? What can
God use out of this broken body
and bruised heart? Some of you approach
me and ask about starting a HopeKeepers
group and my heart goes out to you.
Others email and say, I want to
help. I admire your courage. I understand
your fears. I know the difficulties
that you may encounter, but I also
anticipate the joy you will come
is not a more amazing feeling then
knowing that you are doing what
God wants you to do. A calling is
a precious thing that shines through
all of the muck in this world, and
you walk towards it-determined.
You don't understand it. You don't
but that's when
you know it's God. When you know
that you will have to give Him the
glory, because you never could have
accomplished it on your own.
lack confidence. We lack knowledge.
But we are His. We are afraid. But
we also have a feeling of excitement.
Eagerness. Urgency. We can't not
do this. We try to talk ourselves
out of it. We get sick. Our family
needs us. Life starts to get in
the way. But as we stand and do
the dishes our thoughts wander-
I must. I must do it. When the time
is right. As you throw the clothes
in the laundry, you hear a voice
in your heart that says, "Now."
No, Lord, not now. When the time
is right. Now isn't a good time.
But Lord, I don't know what I am
the call is the last place you ever
thought that you would be you are
likely in the right place. God doesn't
call the qualified, He qualifies
the called. If you had dreamed of
a bungee jumping ministry ten years
ago, it makes perfect sense that
God's call is chronic illness ministry.
He wants us dependent on Him.
Read His Word. Listen for the call.
Do you hear it? It's there. We all
have a purpose in this life. It
may be simple. It may be a season
where you just learn to worship
God. Or it may be to serve someone
else for a while. Too dependent
on depression? Have you become too
comfortable in your callousness?
Too pleased with your pity? It's
easy to do when you live in pain,
but that's not the end of the story.
That is not your call.
can hold on to things and stay in
places of brokennesss," says
Kathy Troccoli, Christian vocalist.
"We can go on in ways that
are false in healing and false in
peace. And, in doing so, we can
suffer the tragedy of missing God's
heart. Or we can lay down our lives
in celebration to let God do as
he wishes with us."
you are interested in laying down
your life in celebration by volunteering
with Rest Ministries, we have many
opportunities to serve others, including
writing notes of encouragement,
returning calls of those who want
prayer, leading a chat online, writing
daily devotionals or article newsletters
and more. We will gladly match your
calling with our needs. You can
also ask for a HopeKeepers Info
Packet if you are interested in
beginning a group in your church
or community and would like to learn
more. Call us 888-751-7378.