Pages 93-103 by Rich

Seth Godin on page 97:

“The job is not your work;what you do with your heart and soul is the work”

What Seth is saying here is true for many of you – this summer in MA!  You’re working your guts out and you’re exhausted and some of you maybe tempted to ask: “Why am I doing this? Should I just give up?”

But deep down although you’re tired and stretched beyond what you thought was possible – you LOVE what you’re doing! You are ministering out of your heart and soul – and so really you have found the true key to work!  You’re doing it the way that God does it – He loves His work – He enjoys being God and all that He does – all of His works are just awesome – and He enjoys being available to you to give you the energy to do what you need to do this summer!

But are others criticizing you for what you’re doing?  Maybe from back home – or maybe even those around you?  Let me share with you one of my favorite stories from a great former missionary…

C.T. Studd, missionary to the Congo, presented this parable:
“Remember the miller’s donkey . . . the miller, his son and donkey went to the market. The miller rode the donkey all the way and people exclaimed, ‘Cruel man, riding himself and making his son walk.’ So he got down and his son rode; then people slanged, ‘What a lazy son for riding while his poor old father walks.’ Then both father and son rode, and people then said, ‘Cruelty to animals, poor donkey.’ So they got down and carried the donkey on a pole, but folks said, ‘Here are two asses carrying another ass.’ Then all three walked and people said, ‘What fools to have a donkey and not ride it.’ So let’s go ahead with our work for God and not care what folks say.”

Find out what God wants you to do – and do it with all your heart and soul – and don’t worry about what others will say about you!  Chances are that it is something that is a desire that God has already given you! That is the greatest discovery about work: to do something that you love – and then it is no longer work – it is a joy – even though like MA it might may you exhausted!  So stick with it – and see what God will do!

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2 responses to “Pages 93-103 by Rich

  1. thanks for your encouraging words.. i have been thinking a lot about the difference between a job and work. i desire to live my life passionate about what i am doing, that waking up each day would not be a chore but a desire to get to work on what I get to do along side God.

  2. I’m posting from my phone at the zoo so excuse the spelling. I freaking loved this section of the book. I even bookmarked parts.

    1st, thanks Rich for posting. I love having your voice speak into us.

    2nd, people wonder how we do MA. All the travel, long hours, etc. It’s cause for a lot of us it is our passion, our art, not just our job. This is why we stress to our partners to make the program out of who they are. Personalize it, don’t run it as your told by base leaders, show your base leaders why it will shine and grow out of the way you run it.

    If they don’t listen, then go start it somewhere else. Don’t fight your leaders,pray for them. And if you can’t run it out of your passion and gifts where you are then find a new base.

    Does this make sense?

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