Saturday, July 12, 2008

Rumpy Living Stinks

Sometimes all we need in life is a healthy dose of getting off our rump and doing something for others.

I don’t usually talk about ‘getting down’ on my blog, but on Friday night I had a horrible time of aching for my parents, wishing things would have turned out differently, and wondering why God allowed things to happen as He did. I cried, cried some more, and felt completely horrible.

Today I had no room for such things. I woke up early this morning and headed over to Lynn and Kim’s apartment (for the last time) to help them move into their new home. We moved all day. It was hot. I was tired, sweaty, and hungry by the time we finished.

I had barely enough time to run home, shower, get dressed and head to a friend’s 30 birthday party. I spent the next hour and half celebrating someone else life. I left the party with just enough time to make it to our first Spanish ministry fellowship and pick up what I needed to get along the way.

Once I arrived, I experienced service as someone who needed an interpreter. The songs were all in Spanish, the message was interpreted, and many of the people who attended only spoke Spanish. I was the ‘outsider.’ I was attending not to get anything for myself, but to give. Anyone who knows our God knows that that is not how He works. You cannot give without getting something in return.

It was a great service and even though it was held in someone’s backyard with lawn chairs and portable amps, the presence of God was there. It was simply beautiful in every way. It is amazing how the Holy Ghost crosses all lines; language, ethnic, societal, and cultural. You may not even be able to speak the same language as the person standing next to you, but your Spirits speak the same and there is a connection nonetheless.

I wish I could say that I never ‘get down’; however, that would not be the case. It would be great to always have the ability to give without needing to be filled. It would certainly make me feel as if I am getting closer to being what I am supposed to be. I am only human, and I needed today.

I needed to spend my whole day doing, thinking, and giving to others. It has filled me. After all this time living for God surely I would know that I can only be continually filled when I am continually pouring myself out. I should know by now that focusing on me causes my cup to become stagnant and bitter. Only when I am poured out can I be filled again.

What a great gift it is to be able to work in the Kingdom of God and be a part of the body of Christ! It is a joy to be a part of something that is forever flowing, forever fresh, forever new, forever clean, and forever filling. Taste and see… the Lord is good!


Tammy Bryant said...

Bro. Joseph, how amazing you are and your posts. Thanks so much for sharing. You definitely inspire me and many others.

I know it may seem normal to you with what you write but definitely does the body of Christ a worth of good.

Be blessed and Thanks!!

Linda Elms said...

Joseph, I understand the feelings of loneliness, and questions. It is part of the grieving/healing process. I went through a short time of this myself this week, but as I was feeling so bad I decided to write cards, and pray for others. Giving of yourself definitely comes back with healing and peace. Thank you for your post. Love you!

Christina said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings! Glad your day turned out for the better, and you know tomorrow will be even better in the house of the Lord. We appreciate who you are Joseph, and your walk with God that you have. As Sister Tammy said it, you truly are an inspiration to others just by living your life to the fullest for God after all that life has brought your way. Keep being that inspiration to those of us who need it!

janet anglin said...

I, too, wonder many times why things happen to us. Many a nights I've cried myself to sleep only to wake up the next morning feeling better. I can't help but feel as though God gave me the peace I need through the night to face the situation. I totally agree with everyone else,'re certainly a young man I look up to and admire so much. God is with you and knows your feelings.

Gene Holley said...

I love your "take" on things! Thanks for you said, you are reaping the benefits as others are blessed by your generosity.

Keith and Carla said...

Thanks for being so "open." Enjoyed your post!

Roxana said...

I have a feeling this post will make a difference in my life over the next few weeks. Thank you!

Ashley said...

Thanks for reminding us that it is better to give of ourselves than get for ourselves.