Overwhelmed by Opportunity?

Greetings Everyone! Several have asked about my leg, and it is not really better – but I feel better – so that’s not half-bad. Or it’s half-good. You get the picture. I’ve come into the office late this afternoon to try to get a few things done. I have a dinner to attend tonight sponsored by American Red Cross and Convoy of Hope about an event to take place next Spring that relates to emergency preparedness. They are also interested in getting a ministerial alliance off the ground here in Pascagoula. It would be very helpful, no doubt.

As I related in an earlier post, this past Sunday’s message was under the duress of fever and such, but it is now posted on my podcast page, located HERE. Feel free to let me know what you think…unless you hate it! 🙂

At the encouragement of a friend, I sent THIS BLOGPOST as a letter to the editor. In today’s The Mississippi Press (our local paper) they ran the article.

I have a list of things that I would like to do. It’s interesting that in the past three weeks or so I have been in contexts where ministry outreach opportunities have been placed before me and I start thinking that these are places where I need to get involved. Some of those opportunities / ideas are:

  • Resume working with the hospital chaplain (as I did pre-Katrina). I ran into one of my co-workers who really poured it on about how much they needed me to help them again.
  • Volunteer with a local public school. I attended a local pastor’s breakfast where this was the theme of the agenda.
  • Become a CASA volunteer, which means that I would become an advocate for children who are caught up in the legal system and have no voice. My friend Al has gotten heavily involved in this. I admire Al for his choices of areas in which to work.
  • Habitat for Humanity can always use help. I’ve always admired this organization.
  • Teaching English to those in our community who cannot speak it. I cannot imagine the limitations of someone who cannot speak English. What a gift to be able to teach someone and give them the tools to live in our community, and perhaps share the Gospel with them.
  • Volunteer with the Veterans Hospital in nearby Biloxi. There are many people there that never get a visit or an encouragement that Jesus cares about them.
  • Help out at Our Daily Bread, our local soup kitchen. I’ve learned that they have a Saturday open that they would like a church to adopt … to come in and cook, serve, and clean up once a month.
  • Resume my radio program that I had pre-Katrina.
  • Take training at American Red Cross for disaster preparation so as to be of more use in crisis situations.
  • Begin a weekday morning Bible class.

One thing I know … I can’t do all of those things. In addition, when I look at the ministry with our church – I wonder how I can add any of those things to what I already have going. Yet I feel drawn to put some things down and pick up some more worthwhile service-oriented things. This list represents ideas and opportunities I’ve had placed before me in the past few weeks! Even if I prioritized them in terms of effective ministry time, I actually do not know if I can do any of them. But they’ve all been on my mind. Each one of them represents an ongoing service … not just a short-term or 3-month commitment. Do you ever think of a thousand things you’d like to do? Do you feel overwhelmed by that list? Do you eventually end up doing nothing because you can’t do it all? How do you tell if you are legitimately too busy for these things … or if you are just telling yourself you’re too busy? I do not know the answer to these questions. I’d like to hear your thoughts.

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Thanks for reading,

John

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