Hey everybody I forgot to mention some updates in the ‘ministry’ department.
1.) I’ve recently been appointed to organize trips to the Home Bible Study in Cartago as that leader is currently our new pastor here in Cali.
2.) A new Home Bible study is opening outside of the city and after the study I was asked a question about marriage……The question involved a very personal and complicated situation that I was left clueless as to how to address how to solve it but I addressed the couple to—>Matthew 6:33. That they should seek to have their own relationship with the Lord first. I can’t get give any more details, but please pray for me.
Oh so much have I day-dreamed on my trips on the bus home as I carry whatever strength I have left thinking about actually writing a huge post that is NOT a video or ‘bullet point thoughts’ for a Powerpoint presentation like I did for Bible College. Quite the contrary, I have so many deep and contemplative thoughts, some funny that even push the envelope a bit.
As I mentioned in my previous post that I was going through so much regarding PTSD and depression, but this week (4/21/-4/26/2013) has a been a week with each passing day I’ve been basking in His love towards me and the joy I have in Him despite all obstacles from last week.
I had a conversation with some individuals who asked me: “How are you doing now?” I said: “I’m fantastic.” And they asked “Well, what happened? What changed?”
I responded: “Why does something have to happen or events change for me to be joyful? Today (4/25/2013), I was probably the most joyful in such a long time and looking back at last week not because it’s gone, but because The LORD is my strength and my salvation and my deliverer. He is my joy. I just recognized how He was using last week of such depression and heartache as a means to bring me to a place to depend in Him with all of my being.” As a result, I saw the joy of the Lord really effect people all around me even when just drinking coffee with friends prior to being with me they were sick, stressed, or etc. By the time we were done drinking coffee they said “Thank you so much Daniel!” and I laughed and asked “For what?” They responded, “For the laughs.” and I said “That….that was a blessing for me more than you know.” Afterwards, they told me that by the time we parted ways after our 3 hour coffee laughter session they saw that the stress, headache, depression, or what have you that they had prior had disappeared during the time I shared the Gospel with them.
Its moments like these that remind me that I’m still a 25 year old guy clearly able to be a servant and Ambassador of Christ anywhere, but these moments don’t come very often due to how busy I am. Which reminded me of something a pastor I interned for say to his son when I visited him at his house before he moved to another church elsewhere in the States: “Remember, people ALWAYS come before your ‘job’.” Mind you he’s saying this to a 5 year old (I think that’s how old he was at the time) and he knew what his dad was referring to. We’ve been made to have fellowship like this that I experienced where I sat for literally 3 hours in a Juan Valdez coffee shop shooting the chatter about the Lord, life, the necessity of Christ to be in our hearts, The Gospel, and sharing my testimony of how I came to know Christ, sharing the anger I had towards Christ before following Him, and meeting new people. In other words, doing ministry (not in a coffee house) right where you are with whom ever and sharing the Gospel right where they are.
In an age of rapid communication and so much information that has minimized the size of the globe to a mere tweet from twitter or skype call….it’s safe to say that yesterday was a time for me to learn to be human again in the arena of ministry/social means in light of the joy of the Lord that just…..wouldn’t stay put in my heart. I have my struggles when I plan going out to teach somewhere or evangelize and turns out I can’t go due to lack of man power or other situations, so naturally I get down and think it was my fault or I did something wrong when in reality….the Lord knew. Everything has its appointed time and the Lord knows when I need to be here or there….in my own little noodle I have this stereotypical/bubble mindset of ministry of what it looks like: Teaching and Evangelism. When in actuality can be as practical as listening to someone weep, making someone laugh with the joy you have in Christ while sharing the Gospel and your friendship.
We shouldn’t become copies of the technology that we let dictate our social lives, the Blackberries, smartphones, iPads, Computers. Yes, I’m guilty of it, but we are to reflect the pursuit of God and His love He has for us unto others. If we’re not careful with these gadgets we can grow cold in live social settings to the point that the value of someone’s life is minimized to a picture from Facebook and they’re name, but completely miss that which is beyond and inside that person—>We’ve been created in the image of God and how much they need Christ.
Well God bless you all
Those were my ‘deep’ shot from the hip contemplative thoughts