We attach to people, places, and things, and they attach to us.
But sometimes that natural attaching mechanism backfires and we become so enmeshed that it feels like a kind of bondage.
Almost all of us need more freedom from bondage like that. We are not living at max capacity – something holds us back. For example, our first daughter, Talia, was made to be married. She loves effortlessly. When Joe came along, he brought her greater freedom. She was released to do what she was born to do.
Another daughter, Estie, was born caring for and healing anything broken. As a child, she cared for a regular succession of small animals – many of which ultimately met untimely ends on our farm. When she finished her nursing degree and began caring for people, a part of her was freed to do what it was crafted to do.
In a way you could say that she’d been released. Until she got that degree and first job, she was constrained.
All of us were made to connect to God and to connect others to their Creator. It’s in our bones to do that – to set people free to live as they were created to live. When we do it, we come alive.
Setting someone free – even in a small way – can bring tears to your eyes; tears that wash away your own small concept of yourself and the possibilities before you. You see mirrored in them a process that is divine and that can work for you. It’s a release of sorts.
Few people have experienced the release I’m describing. Perhaps they’ve experienced small scale versions of it, but their soul yearns for more.
All ministry brings with it the freedom to stop worrying about your own small world so that you can focus on tapping God’s power to meet the needs of others. It’s in all of us to minister – it’s a grace. And God gives us grace gifts that equip us to minister. For those who press into the possibility, that can constitute a call.
Where are you in the process? Have you begun to move beyond a focus on your needs? It’s too small a purpose. You were made to be released from the tyranny of self-focus. God wants to release you into ministry. He wants you to discover his call.