For the longest time, I knew that as a Christian, you are supposed to give your time, money, and talent to the Church. It’s what I was taught at a very young age, and my mom lived this out to it’s fullest. She was a great example of this. If she wasn’t home when she was a stay-at-home mom, she was at church giving her time and talent as an artist. So as a youth, I gave my time helping at events for the church and parish school I attended. My mom also gave me 50 cents or a dollar to give on Sundays to get me into the habit of giving money to the Church. (I know some people have a hard time with the concept of giving money to the Church especially with the bad reputation of certain, not all, megachurches abusing the concept. The truth is that God asks for our first fruits of our labor. Ten percent is they general rule of thumb, but God wants us to be cheerful givers. If you aren’t cheerful about giving a certain amount, He will be happy with what you do choose to give. If you don’t want to give anything but you feel forced, He doesn’t want it. That’s off topic, but for some verses on where this is stated, check out Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18:21-28, and Matthew 23:23-24. Anyways, what I was lacking was serving with my talents. I sang in the choir but it wasn’t for him. I just liked singing. As I have gotten older, I noticed I either lost that talent or I never really had it to begin with. Let’s face it, I suck, but that’s okay haha. Read More »
This weekend’s holiday, Mother’s Day, got me thinking as it usually does. I always dreaded Mother’s Day when I was younger because I always thought, “is my birth mother thinking of me?” It got me angry. Now, my parents that adopted me are fabulous, but there is just something about the biological connection that just can’t be beat.
Volunteering is a type
of ministry and a way you can spread God’s Good News by words or just through your actions. I went to the inner part of Milwaukee to a free clinic to help with their monthly services. So people ask, “why go to the inner city? Why put yourself in danger? There is so much you can do in your hometown.” People in your hometown do need to be introduced to Jesus Christ, but we can do that every day but we need to physically put ourselves in the places that the Good News is harder to get to those people. So to Milwaukee we went to directly minister to many people as they come to get health attention. That was my first time doing direct ministry and will not be my last. In fact it’s a start of a large journey I am planning for myself. I’ve done the packing of meals for children around the world and items for those affected by Hurricane Katrina but to me, I want to be in action! I’m writing this to encourage others to get out there! You’re needed! If you feel the tug, don’t hesitate!