2013: Pray For Inconvenience?

I love being able to see what search words lead people to my blog. I woke up this morning and someone had typed in these words:

“I no longer want to serve in church”

It’s interesting because lately I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about this topic.  The above words led the searcher to a post I wrote back in April called, I Don’t Want to Serve Time. I had forgotten about this post so I clicked over and read it again.

I am thankful to the person who typed those words in last night and stumbled onto my blog. Because, it reminded me of why I want to serve others. I don’t want to serve time either.  I don’t want church to feel like an obligation.  As I typed those words, I pictured one of those time clocks we often swipe when we arrive at our jobs.

We punch in…we do our time…we punch out. Sometimes, I feel like some of us walk into church on Sunday mornings with this feeling in our hearts.We swipe the imaginary time clock on the wall. And, when we leave at the end of the service, we swipe the clock again.

Up until today, I hadn’t been able to put my finger on specific ways I feel the Lord might want me to grow this year. But now I know. This year, I want to be more intentional with my giving, my loving, and my serving. Not just on Sunday mornings…but every single day.

Yesterday, at Walmart, I let a man go ahead me in line. He looked at me like I was crazy. I felt a little crazy for doing it…like perhaps somehow a nicer cloned version of me had temporarily taken over my body. I hate waiting in lines. Let me repeat that, I hate waiting in lines. But, it felt good to do this.

I want to find more ways to inconvenience myself this year.  I want to be intentional both with the big things and even the little things like Walmart check out lines.

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” ~ GK Chesterton

7 thoughts on “2013: Pray For Inconvenience?

  1. Jennifer Wilson

    Last year, I not only prayed to be inconvenienced, I willingly asked the Lord to put me in places and in situations that would make me uncomfortable so that I could be stretched and grow. I ended up on an airplane with 16 other people I didn’t really know well to the Dominican Republic. What I gained from that experience was so life altering, I will be praying the same prayer again for 2013. I’m looking forward to what God has in store for the coming year. I am expecting the miracles. I’m expecting the ridiculous. I’m praying for change. I don’t want to be the same person at the close of 2013 as I am at the close of 2012.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Amen, Jennifer! “Expecting the ridiculous” I love that. Can’t wait to see what God has in store for you.

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  2. Tammy Helfrich

    I love this, Eileen. I have really tried to be more intentional about this over the last few years. I also love the looks when you do something simple, but so out of the ordinary. I am also a big advocate of people not over-serving in the church. They need to be fed, too, even if they are great at serving. Such a great reminder for 2013.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Nicely said, Tammy. There’s definitely a healthy and not so healthy way of serving. So important to keep our hearts healthy and focused in the right direction. 🙂

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  3. bill (cycleguy)

    I have this sneaking suspicion that 2013 will be that type of year for me. I have made some financial commitments to hiring a youth pastor that will require some realignment of my $$$ priorities. A family member is separated from her husband and is trying to salvage it. That may require some inconvenience. Good post Eileen.

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