Feel­ing God’s Plea­sure Through Your Pur­pose & Work In Life

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - CHURCH - Ron Wood

Hate-filled words be­come harm-de­signed pack­ages. Let’s turn away from that topic. After writ­ing The Un-Civil War, a friend asked me, “How did you find time to write in the midst of mov­ing?” Good ques­tion. It wasn’t easy. But here’s how it works.

Writ­ing never feels ar­du­ous al­though much work goes into it, espe­cially the edit­ing. To me, writ­ing feels like some­thing I was born to do. I’ve said, “When I write, I feel the plea­sure of God.” Over 30 years, I’ve done hun­dreds of news­pa­per ar­ti­cles and a dozen books. I have ideas for scores more.

Eric Lid­dell, the Bri­tish Olympic cham­pion whose brave story was told in the movie, “Char­i­ots of Fire,” fa­mously said, “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His plea­sure!”

Feel­ing the plea­sure of God should not be a strange ex­pe­ri­ence. When­ever you are in the groove of God’s grace, the flow of work is syn­chro­nized with your tal­ents, de­sires, train­ing, and pur­pose. You’re wear­ing the ar­mor the Lord made for you; not chaf­ing in an un­nat­u­ral role. Work be­comes a holy thing for you as it agrees with the way and the why of your iden­tity. When your iden­tity and your vo­ca­tion are aligned, work feels like play. The sat­is­fy­ing re­sult re­flects your call­ing which glo­ri­fies God.

When you try some­thing out­side of the realm of your pur­pose, you’ll feel the stress. Like lift­ing some­thing too heavy, you’ll feel the ef­fort and in­jure your­self. Ask your­self, “What am I de­signed to do?”

Some­times we don’t know the an­swer right away. Other times we dis­cover our path early on, like a serendip­ity. There is a mys­te­ri­ous in­ter­play of hu­man ef­fort plus faith in God’s grace that can en­able us to tap into heaven’s abil­ity to per­form nat­u­ral tasks with al­most su­per­nat­u­ral ease. The re­sult is be­yond nor­mal.

I be­lieve there is a realm of la­bor for each of us that’s in­side our di­vinely de­signed bound­ary. In that role you’ll have the ca­pac­ity to achieve more than the av­er­age per­son and make it look easy. It will feel ful­fill­ing. The per­son that is for­tu­nate enough to in­te­grate their source of in­come with their “rea­son for be­ing” will never have to work a day in their life. They love their work and would do it for free, yet it pro­duces their liveli­hood.

May the Lord help us all find our place in his oikos, his econ­omy. This place of ser­vice is like the nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring ebb and flow of work that fam­ily mem­bers and ser­vants en­gage in as pic­tured in a large house­hold in bib­li­cal times. The econ­omy re­volved around func­tional re­la­tion­ships. As they served one an­other with their tal­ents and abil­i­ties, they in turn were am­ply pro­vided for. When we serve other peo­ple with our gifts — the God-given tal­ents we are blessed with — we are re­warded fi­nan­cially.

I wasn’t born tall, so I’m not good at bas­ket­ball. I have no mu­si­cal ca­pac­ity. I am laugh­able when I try to carry a tune or clap on beat. My body was never bulked up with mus­cle so phys­i­cal jobs are not easy for me. I miss the young, lean years of a by­gone era. But I could do gym­nas­tics. I could run. I could walk long-dis­tance treks. But, I loved to read; there­fore, I can write.

You may find your area of gift­ing is by re­al­iz­ing what you are not good at. Your lim­i­ta­tions are a clue. Em­brace them. We aren’t meant to be alike. Be unique, but be in­ter-de­pen­dent. Oth­ers need what you can do and vice-versa.

RON WOOD IS A WRITER AND MIN­IS­TER. CON­TACT HIM AT WOOD.STONE.RON@GMAIL.COM OR VISIT WWW. TOUCHEDBYGRACE.ORG. THE OPIN­IONS EX­PRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

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