If Henri Nouwen said it, you know it's gold.
This statement has so many levels to it. Here are my condensed thoughts:
1-YIKES! My life is ministry! Every word, every attitude, every decision, every eye roll...all that I do is speaking about God. If that truth was really on the forefront of my mind every second of every day, my life should look different than it does.
2-Hooray! I find myself really missing being in direct ministry until helpful words like these remind me THAT I STILL AM. I am directly ministering to my husband, my family, my peers, the guy bagging groceries at Ingles. This is awesome! Anything and everything I do is direct ministry, or can be if I am keeping communion with God.
3-I really want to be a woman whose love for God is a blazing fire. I told Matthew when we first started dating, and I try to tell friends regularly, if there is anything in me worth loving, that's the part of me that is Jesus. On my own, I am one rotten human being. So if you, reader, see something in me that you find likable or enviable, that's not me. That's Jesus. You are actually attracted to him.
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My momma, who shared this with me a few months ago, is a terrific example of this. She has ministered to me for 27 years and continues to do so daily. Yes, she's the best.