Next week some new ministries begin at Tabernacle that I’m very excited about to go along with the beginning of a new school year. I was looking over a flyer that will hopefully go up over the weekend with a veteran missionary when he looked up and asked, “when is your day off?” I explained that Monday was my day off since the only ministry done was Bible Club, discipleship, homework help, and some stories (2 1/2 hours of ministry) but he shook his head. “No that won’t work” he told me, “there needs to be a day you do no ministry.”
- No Bible club
- No bible stories for children who come by
- No homework help
- No discipleship
- I won’t even be able to take part in our new tutoring ministry that starts on Tuesday evenings!
Now of course the words “day off” gives people the idea that I’m sitting on the couch wearing sweatpants watching Gilmore Girls and eating a pint of ice-cream so let me assure you that’s not happening…I don’t have any sweatpants 🙂 In all honesty today’s been focused on things that are vital, but can be pushed out of the way because of ministry.
- Daily projects like laundry
- Scripture reading (longer than devotions that emphasizes looking for themes)
- Writing (both blog writing, and deeper writing on cultural issues)
- Reading and research on news and cultural events
- Planning out future ministry opportunities
- Theology and Hermeneutics study
- Reading of challenging books (currently working through “The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love” by Jonathan Leeman)
- Lesson plans for discipleship
- And watch football (yes this is vital!)
- In other words my day off revolves around study
To me a spaz is someone who is constantly moving from one thing to the next and cannot simply slow down…in fact for a spaz slowing down feels like laziness (trust me I know). This can easily connect with missions or any kind of ministry because success is viewed as activity.
But my spastic side doesn’t want me to know that. Instead the time reading, meditating, studying, praying, and wrestling with ideas is met with “man when are you going to do some real ministry!”