You see, I have worked full time and then some as a Pastor at a mega church in my neck of the woods. I gave four and a half years of my life to serving the Lord there while I learned about ministry, about the inside of church, and about who God was molding me to be. In that time that I was working all the time I rarely, if ever, went to the grocery on a consistent basis.
My husband was also a Pastor at the church and it seemed like everything we did was there at the church (not a bad thing, just out of balance for us) and it left little time to do the normal every day things (like go to the grocery).
I used to whine and complain to my friends about how “stinky” it was to go grocery shopping, I pretty much hated it, and mostly because I was over booked, over scheduled, and out of whack. For some reason I could never find time to go…I really didn’t like it at all.
Four months ago I stepped out of full time ministry. It broke my heart at first but it has become the biggest blessing for my family. It was clear to me that I needed to be back at home. You see, I have to two Middle School boys and I know that my time with them is on the backward countdown (do any of y’all do that? I only have 4 years left with my oldest before he goes to college…eek!).
In the time since then God has been growing me, stretching me, pruning me (as Karen would say) to prepare me for the next ministry adventure that He has for me. I wish I had all the answers now, but you know what the cool thing is about it all?
I am actually learning LIKE to go to the grocery store now!!! Can you believe it? Seriously…I am telling you the truth. I have switched my thinking to realize that when I go to the grocery I am actually “worshipping” God by being a blessing to my family.
I take my time now…
I go down each and every aisle.
I talk to the people shopping around me.
I visit with the check out people and the elderly bag boys.
I bring a list and make sure to check it all off (never did that before).
It sounds so simple and yet so profound…my family is my FIRST ministry and God has called me to care for them, to love on them, and to appreciate them. So now when I go to the grocery store I think about what each of them would like and it makes me SMILE!!! I may never LOVE going to the grocery store, but I am making baby steps…at least I don’t hate it anymore, right?
Hum…it’s pretty cool to think that the simple every day things that we do as women, as moms, as wives, as friends, etc. can really be an act of worship! Check out what the Good Book has to say about it…
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
What is one thing that you really didn’t (or still don’t) like to do?
Could you turn it around and look at it as an act of worship?
Try it…it may change your heart and the way you look at things!