Is God Trying To Tell You Something?
One of the cool things about being a pastor involves helping people to figure out what God wants them to do next. I encounter people all the time who want to experience the sense of fulfillment, peace, and excitement that comes with saying "yes" to the next thing that they feel God wants them to do.
My latest experience with this happened in a conversation with Brian, a quite active young adult member of our church. Early on the morning of June 2nd, God placed Brian's name heavy on my heart. I texted him right away asking for a meeting. My sense was that God has something else in store for him. Unbeknownst to me, Brian had been feeling like a new vision or purpose in ministry was calling to him too.
This past Saturday, while I was walking alone on Herring Run Trail, Brian pulled up on the side of the road. Only God could have had him parking his car right at the time that I was walking by. (Not a coincidence!). This was the perfect opportunity for us to talk. I treated him to breakfast at a Black-owned restaurant called Bertha's.
We had a great conversation about what I heard God say about him and what he's been hearing from God as well. What he said, confirmed what I heard from God concerning him. Pray for him.
But not only him - pray for the other members of Pleasant Hope who too desire to serve God more fully or in new ways. I've heard from Pleasant Hope members that want to serve God by helping to manage God's money as a trustee of the church. I've heard from members who have a passion to support those that are incarcerated. There are others who feel God calling them to the preaching ministry or want to see what it's like to be a deacon, musician, singer, and more. The ministry outreach arms of our church ecosystem such as Orita's Cross Freedom School and the Black Church Food Security Network are also lanes where people are living out their divine purpose.
Are you feeling a nudge from God to do something different too?
Is there a traditional church position that you're interested in, but you want to try and do it differently? Do you feel a passion to serve God in a way that doesn't show up in conventional church roles? Do you currently serve in a position at Pleasant Hope and want to try something else now?
Perhaps this very message is a sign for you. Maybe this piece of Brian's story connects with yours.
If so, I want to hear from you. You don't have to have it all figured out - in fact, if it's from God you *won't* have it all figured out. You'll wonder if you're smart enough, know enough Bible scriptures; or if aspects of your past should disqualify you.
I'll listen to you as you share from your heart and then - when it's time - I'll extend my hand and walk with you as you take a baby step in the direction of God's purpose for your life. I'm not going to give it all away, but just know that when you do, a peace and sense of fulfillment that will wash over you will the highest high that you've ever experienced. SMH. I get chills just thinking about it.
Email me when you're ready to talk. I can't wait to listen and cheer you on your journey.
Pastor Heber Brown, III