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Friday, October 01, 2010

providence

I have been abundantly blessed throughout my life to be able to engage in various activities. Someone asked me the other day what I did before the ministry.
Well, I began to think about that and it leads to a long list of jobs and passions that I pursued.

Job wise, I have hauled beer, and worked as a mover/driver. I have worked at 7-11, as a school janitor, a school bus driver, substitute teacher, lifeguard, disc-jockey (actually played records); I have also worked in waste water, water distribution and run a swimming pool. I have been on stage and off in theatre (professionally), done voice work for commercials, worked as a fry cook, and even made water skis.
I think that is all...

Over all of this time, I have to admit that I rarely felt as if I "fit in" at any of these places. I have for the biggest part of my life felt as if I were a misfit wherever I was. That is a blessing!
It is a blessing because even though I felt awkward, and sometimes downright unwanted I have had the opportunity to have some great relationships with people in all of these places.

This morning I have a friend that I love like a brother call and ask a favor. The favor was to go to spend time cleaning up a piece of property he owns. I was honored and will arrange my schedule to help; just so that I can spend a quiet day with my friend.

I also view the misfitting as a blessing because it increases my longing for Heaven. I feel that if we are Christians, that there should be some part of us that rises up and feels uncomfortable here and now. We know that Paul struggled with this, and I believe that Jesus too looked forward to returning to the presence of GOD.

So, today if you are feeling a little out of sorts, perhaps you are just homesick for the place being prepared for you.

simply HIS,
jb

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