What Ministry Has Taught Me While Working in a Library

I have not posted anything here in a good while so I pray that everything is going well with you.  School, work, fatherhood, and ministry have taken up quite a bit of my time as of late.  Hopefully, if things slow down, I will be able to share with you a little bit more.  In the meantime, I’m asking for prayer and patience.

I’m not sure that some of you know but, I work in the library system.  I got this job almost 3 years ago.  To be truthful, this was not my first choice–I’m in the IT field and I kinda miss it–But I’m still thankful in the long run because this experience has given me a glimpse of what the Pastorate feels like.  Let me give you a few examples.

1.  Everyone that comes in needs help in some way.  My branch is open Monday-Saturday.  During the times that we are open, there are several people who come in that need help.  Some of these people are regulars and some aren’t.  This is not unlike your local churches where we have some members that have been there for decades but there are the occasional visitor that will come to worship.

2.  There are some that want your help.  Of the people who visit the branch on a daily basis, there are some folks that really need your help.  It could be looking for a book to read for themselves or their child or looking for directions to a location in the city or faxing paperwork to various agencies or even needing help with research on the computer.  At the church, there are folks that come to worship but they are in need of prayer, healing or a question regarding scripture.  They come because there is something missing in their lives and they feel the church is the place where they can get it.

3.  There are some that don’t want your help.  This is interesting.  There have been many times where a patron has come into the branch and did not or does not want your help.  I could go into several reasons why but that could take a while but to give you one example, we offer free computer classes every week where I personally teach basic computer skills.  Remember those folks that come on but don’t want help?  Well they fit into this category because sometimes, my class attendance may be two to three at the most.  Again, the church is parallel to this scenario.  Some folks will come but will refuse to the help that we offer.  Like the library, there are several reasons why but there are too many to name here as well.  Remember the ones that have questions about scripture?  Well, a lot of churches have bible study during the week with a regular attendance of just a few so, where are the folks that have questions?

So what is my point to all of this?  Well, it’s simple.  Since I have been in ministry longer than I have been at the library, I had to come to terms with the fact that both places are a lot alike.  The only thing in common from my perspective is that I’m at both places and I am also there to serve the folks that come in.  Is it frustrating? Sure.  Are there days where I don’t want to go to either place? Definitely.  However I have to remember that it really isn’t about me but who I am serving and who I am trying to help.  It can be draining mentally and sometimes physically but when it’s all said and done, I know I will be back to do it all over again.

P. K. Minister: The College Years

Hello folks,

It’s Friday afternoon and I am really ready to call it quits.  Sometimes, there are not enough hours in the day.  I pray that you all are doing well.

Well, the time has finally arrived.  Yours truly will FINALLY be starting college.  Yes, that’s right.  After years of working for nothing and being unable to break the glass ceiling, I am ready to embark on post-secondary education.  I was recently accepted into Liberty University.  I will be earning my Bachelor’s of Science in Religion with a focus on Biblical and Theological Studies.  This has been a long time coming for me since I am closer to 50 than I am to 20.  I’m really excited about this endeavor and I pray that, once this degree is earned, it will help me in exercising the gift that God has given me.  I will definitely keep you posted.

Until next time…

No Matter Who You Are, You Matter

Good day Readers;

 

I was hanging out on Twitter today and one of my friends asked if you could go back in time what would you want to see again?  Well, I responded that would go back and see the births of both my boys as well as the last time I saw my Dad.  She then went on to explain that she was born out of wedlock.  Now I’m not going to put her business out there like that so but the fact remains that she and I share a common denominator.  We both were born out of wedlock.  The good news is that we were BOTH raised by great parents.  Sure, we could stew in our misery and self-pity soup but why? My friend is a grown woman, making money, and is mature enough to realize things in life are not always prefect but, they’ve worked  out.  I’m telling you all of this to say that it doesn’t really matter how you got here or, when you go here.  That fact is that you ARE here.  You have been placed here because God Himself has a purpose for you.  I really don’t care if you were born yesterday or yesteryear.  The Bible says that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made…”  Once I found out about my adoption, I had to search for SOME kind of answers.  What happened?  Why?  Why wasn’t I told until now?  Why was I told in this fashion? I could go on.  The only thing I could do at that point was go to the ONE source to get all of my answers.  I went to God.  I went to Psalm 139.  This has kept me going through this whole ordeal.  Here is a portion but, I want you to read this entire Psalm.  In fact, I implore you to read it.  This is scripture is not just for those of us who were born as my friend and I were.  This is for ANYONE.  Here is the main portion that you have to take from this:

 

13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.   (From the time you were conceived, He was there)

14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  (He NEVER does anything half-way)

15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  (He was there when it all happened)

16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  (Before the conception took place, He had already written down what plans he had for you)

17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  (He has so many thoughts of you, that you can’t even count how many…THAT’S A LOT)

 

That’s what I get from this passage.  I hope you can get the same and more!

 

Until Next Time…