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August 6, 2008

Finished, But Time to Get Started

by Justin Williams

Have you ever felt like you finally finished something only to realize that the work has just begun?  I felt that way today.  I finally finished my office.  I got it painted & setup, and now all I have to do is bring a few more minors things over.  After I was done I sat in my office, and I just looked around. And I think I knew what God felt like when He created the earth, and He said it was good.  Then He rested.  I however did not.  Just as I got comfortable the thoughts of things that needed to be done came rushing into my head.  I then realized I only thought I was finished.  I did step back, and consider what God has blessed me with.  He has given me a very supportive family, a loving church, the tools needed to accomplish His ministry, and a fellow laborer (Pastor Brandon).  I don’t know what it is, but for the first time in a long time I really feel like I can trust & depend on my pastor.  I feel appreciated, trusted, encouraged, and uplifted by him.  Those are rare feelings sometimes in the ministry.  He’s probably reading this right now getting a big head.  (J/K)  I did just want to take the time to thank him. 

Anyways back on subject.

I realized I had a lot ahead of me, but a peace came over me.  Kind of like a sense of accomplishment without even getting started.  Over the years in ministry I have learned to just turn it over to the Lord, and let him have control.  That is probably one of the hardest things for a carnally minded individual to do.  I simply began to prioritize things, and schedule them into my work week.  I have to say being in full time ministry is awesome.  I have dreamed of this for a long time.  For too long I have been scheduling ministry work into my family time, and it is a true blessing to be able to fully devote that time to them.  The only problem I am having now is trying to get to sleep at night.  I am just soooo excited.  Great ideas just keep popping into my head at bed time, and just as I am about to fall asleep; another one pops in.  I’m sure after a lot of the newness wares off, and I get settled my sleep habits will regulate back out.   In the mean time be praying for me.  I guess I don’t have a lot of spiritual advice for you except for one point.

John 16:33 –  

 “These things I have spoken unto you,that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have over come the world.”

Remember that and you should be ok.

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