I received an e-mail today from Scott (AOI’s administrator and “web-guy”) with a plea for blogs. Faithful Scott! He tries so hard to keep us speakers on track! Time goes by so fast, and it’s not always easy to come up with something “important” to write. It seems much easier when you are “on the road,” interacting with students and doing “front-line” ministry, but here at home, well … what is “important”?
I suspect that God’s view of importance is often different from ours! Now I would probably think participating in staff prayer time at AOI, attending a ladies’ Bible Study, and learning from a Jewish rabbi who loves Yeshua (Jesus) were important. But what about taking my mom to the doctor, going for a walk with my grandson, and welcoming our son, Steve, home as he transitions from working at Camp Redcloud for the past 15 years to helping with a start-up adventure ministry called Journey Quest?
What about going to dinner with Dave’s parents – and spending an afternoon with my brother who is going through some really tough times? Or how about enjoying time with good friends, Alan and Diane Galbraith, who stopped by on their way to Navaho land to teach a week of creation there? Yes, I would probably think it was important to work on a letter encouraging an atheist professor to take another look at Jesus and to meet with several individuals about some exciting possibilities for future ministry; however, I’m thinking that making dinner, washing dishes, doing laundry, and packing for Dave’s upcoming speaking trip are probably most important for me right now.
Well … the details aren’t important … you get the idea. My life, like yours, is a mosaic of what often seems mundane as well as what seems “important.” But who knows what is really most important in the long run? Man looks at the outside, but God looks at the heart. Faithfulness, obedience, and attitude matter. That’s why it’s so “important” today and every day to live our lives in accordance with Paul’s injunction in Colossians 3:17,
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Mary Jo Nutting
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