It’s rather like a constant series of trips to the drive-through…
…waiting my turn, the savory scent hanging heavy in the air as I inch the car forward, yearning to hear those delectable words….
“Can I take your order?”
I make my selections carefully, putting together salty and sweet, with a combination that will completely satisfy my cravings.
I round the corner, leaning toward deliciousness…the precious treasure bag is handed to me, warm to the touch.
I gobble and slurp, and lick my fingers.
The joy lasts for about an hour…and then I’m hungry all over again.
That fast food is instant gratification, but it doesn’t stick to my ribs.
I’ve been serving in ministry for several years now, and once in a while, I really get discouraged. It seems that more often than not, our human “fleshy-ness” gets in the way. I’ve been surprised–and quite saddened–to discover that ministry, just like every other profession, can be competitive and unfriendly.
We are, all of us, human…so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. And, if we’re going to identify “imperfect humans in ministry,” I shall go on record with this: I’m the LEAST perfect person you’ll probably ever meet in ministry! I have plenty of shortcomings that make my ministry a very meager, human endeavor, indeed. So, when I say “we,” I mean “me,” too!
It seems, sometimes, that we chase after what’s popular, or “relevant,” rather than what’s
true. We’re sometimes more willing to wade in the shallow pool than dive deep. We like our comfort zones, and we clutch what’s “ours” so tightly that we’re unable to see or think anything new…and we aren’t willing to share with others . Our pride gets in the way. A lot.
It makes me frustrated. Lonely. Hungry.
I need to get out of this drive-through and invite everyone to a pot luck. Will you come? Bring your best “covered dish”…share your secret “recipes,” your ideas and encouragement, your discernment and collaboration and creativity…your compassion and your wisdom. I hope I’ll be able to bring something to the table…something that will nourish you, my ministry friends, and fortify you. I can’t wait to see what you’ll bring, too! I imagine we’ll all start from scratch, with the same basic ingredients, and we’ll each be able to create something unique and necessary and wonderful.
Just imagine how satisfying that feast could be! And, how satisfying This Feast will be.
There’s room for everyone at the table.