Last week, as I sat down over a meal with a friend, we talked about God and the diverse roles He had called me to fulfill over the coarse of my Christian lifespan. One of the roles was that of music, in particular playing the trumpet within a church congregation(s). His statement was, "I don't understand, why didn't you continue to play the trumpet, and become a better player; you were doing it for God?". My reply to him was brief and with little detail. However, the summary of it was that God had a different plan for my life that laid beyond being a trumpet player within the confines of a congregation(s). He had so much more for me to do.
As I have grown through my Christian lifespan, I have learned that not all things are made for permanence; there are some that are temporary, for a short-while. There are many roles that God has presented before our lives, yet not all of the roles have been meant for a lifetime. Even people who work within a profession or career for many years, essentially come to the end of their work and retire from it. A whole new life begins for them, they take-up new roles and continue to press forward in their lives. Some of them may spend more time with family, take-up a new job or become a volunteer, and perhaps even begin to devote more time in accordance to the lifetime preparation that God had worked through during their time in their previous job or career.
In my lifetime, I have fallen short of a career. I have spent most of my life in study of many fields, both the white collar and blue collar; I have learned to work with my mind as well as my hands ... and serve others through them as well. I have also had the privilege of working for God through diverse areas of ministry. For some ministry work, I was not the right fit, yet God used it to shape me into what He needed to do within that ministry. Most of my work has been short-term, for a few months or years. However, I can whole heartily state that I have learned much and grown more because of them. The hardest lesson I have learned and continue to press forward in my work is this: "Don't limit God with your mind, simply trust Him to accomplish His will through the flow of His Holy Spirit."
Although I am tired of the toils of this life and ready to be in the presence of Yeshua, my Lord and Savior, I know within my heart that God still has some roles and tasks that He desires for me to fulfill before He calls me home to be with Him. With Yeshua by my side, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, I will do my best to fulfill His will while I remain here though.
Let Us Pray. Lord God, you who are great and grand, I want to thank you for saving me from the bonds of sin through Yeshua. I am also grateful for having chosen me to fulfill the many roles and tasks within my life to bring both honor and glory unto your name. Although I am ready to be in your presence, I ask you to please help me finish well and complete both those last roles and tasks you have called me to do so. I ask all of this in name of Yeshua, your son. Amen.
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