God is GOOD! The class, Mending the Soul, had 5 men come yesterday. We got off to a healthy start. We will keep the doors open for two more weeks in case there are others who may want to begin. The crazy thing about the training materials I couldn’t find was easily addressed too. As I was shaving yesterday morning I was reminded (by God’s nudge) to check my Celebrate Recovery bag which I don’t typically use. Once I did, I recalled coming home last Thursday night and putting them in there thinking I could remember from Thursday night to Sunday they were there. So much for the memory of a 70 year old! Well, all of yesterday is now past and a new week begins.
I’m in the middle of Songs of Solomon with my Bible reading. He talks so much about the passions of man and the ill effects of them when they lead us down the path of selfishness, self-centeredness, vain-glory. As I’m reading all of this I for the first time see a huge difference between what I do for work and what I do for God’s Kingdom. I have much passion for my work in education. Yet, I find that all work has an end and the outcomes of it are fully dependent on the buy-in of the next person. If a new leader comes, every bit of work can be thrown out if they so choose. There are measures we take to avoid this from happening, yet, the opportunity to do this still exists. (Two of the leaders I’ve been working with for the past 3 years are leaving). On the other hand, the work we do for God’s Kingdom has eternal effects both here and throughout eternity. Our passions are all about man and his desires if we don’t keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. There is a big lesson here for each of us and God is helping me see my passions as they relate to me rather than to Him.