Yesterday our church wrapped up a seven week study of the book of Titus. There was an amazing amount of meat in this little three chapter letter from the Apostle Paul. The final point made by the pastor in his sermon was that God has called us not to be spectators up in the stands but to be participants down on the playing field. We're to be running the race right up to the very end of our lives.
It made me stop and think. Am I "playing" where God wants me to play? Am I involved with the people and in the places that He has called me to be involved with and in? I know He called me into a ministry of writing. But where else and how else and who else does He want me to serve?
Recently, I shared here about the prayer shawl (my first) that I began last December and finished last week and the reason why it took me so long to finish it. Long story short, I decided to keep that prayer shawl as a reminder of my first year as a cancer survivor (the 24th, Thanksgiving, is the one year anniversary). Now that my first prayer shawl is completed, I have happily begun another (that's it at right, about 25% done). I know the person I am knitting it for and am praying for her as I work. This is a new place I am learning to serve, and I'm loving it. I hope to knit many, many, many prayer shawls in the months and years to come and bless others with them.
If you're still sitting in the stands, I invite you to come on down to the playing field. The harvest is ripe but the workers are few. The body of Christ needs you to run your race, full-out, for the prize that is eternal.