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What is God Calling You to Do?

pastor wesRev. Wes Mullins, Senior Pastor

This morning’s sermon is entitled, “Live Your Passion.”  Passion is really another way of saying ministry.  I believe that everyone is called to ministry.  My calling is to a formal kind of ministry working in the church, but a call to ministry can take many different forms.  Some people are called to a ministry focused on children—working in children’s church, counseling troubled children, or even adopting foster children.  Others are called to a ministry of service—cleaning our building each week, serving food the homeless, building Habitat for Humanity homes, or simply mowing an elderly neighbor’s lawn.  Finding your ministry matters because it helps you fulfill your purpose in life and participate in the kind of work that Jesus modeled in his lifetime.

It can sometimes be hard to discover your ministry if you don’t know what your passion is, or if you don’t know what God might be calling you to become passionate about.  Sometimes we have a lot of interests, and it can be hard to find the one thing that really drives us, other times we find ourselves just feeling blasé about all the opportunities we see.  Regardless of where you are right now, the questions below are designed to help you do some self-evaluation that will help you discover what passion (or what ministry) God might be calling you to in this season of your life.

Spend some time with a journal, writing honestly about the following questions:

  • What are you afraid of?
  • What is weighing on you?
  • What are you excited about?
  • What needs to change?
  • What’s going well?
  • Do you feel like you are going too fast or too slow in life?
  • What do you need or desire that you don’t have now?
  • What do you think is the most important thing God wants you to do in the next three months?

(Questions adapted from Quench! Refreshing Devotionals by Gay, Trans, and Affirming Christians)

Again, finding a ministry and a passion (or discovering a new one) can be a very rewarding experience.  I encourage you to take some time to do this journaling.  After that, come chat with me about what you discover, and we can find ways I can support your new or renewed calling!

So Where Do You See God in All of This?

Denise Foerch Spiritual Director

Denise Foerch, PPMCC Spiritual Director

As I think about the fear and loss our Colorado Springs Community has been feeling and experiencing this last week, I wonder what I could say in this article that would bring life and hope.  The first thing that comes to mind is a question my Spiritual Director often asks me when I’m telling her about something in my life I’m struggling with – “So where do you see God in all of this?”  Sometimes that question is irritating when I’m upset, frustrated or angry.  “How am I supposed to see God in this?” is a frequent question I ask myself.  Not always with a positive tone.  However, I have always eventually found it a very helpful and encouraging question.

It’s a question that we each have to answer individually, because the answer is not a one-size-fits-all answer.  Our answer comes as we live within the struggle, pain, and loss.  Once we choose to begin looking for God in our circumstances, the answer begins to unfold.

A good place to start is to be honest about what you are feeling.  It helps to be directing your honesty toward God.  Be real—say it like it feels.  You will not shock God with anything you say.  Remember God’s love is pure. If you need a reminder of what God’s love is like look at I Corinthians 13:4-8—

“God’s love is patient, kind, not jealous, does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly.  God’s love does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.  God’s love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.  God’s love never fails.”

This is the Love that is listening to you when you vent your feelings to God.  This is part of seeking the answer to our question, ‘Where do I see God in all of this’?  It is crucial and often takes the longest to get through.  Be patient with yourself.  Treat yourself with gentleness and kindness.  Give your heart time to move through this time of honest vulnerability with God.  It’s choosing to walk (not run) through these feelings that eventually brings the beginning of life and understanding.  Life and hope come from being able to see God in all of life.  And yet, it’s in the darkest places that our souls need to see God.  Your answer will be different from mine.  It will look different and feel different, because God’s love is unique for each individual.

What will not be different is that we will each find our answer by choosing to look for God in the storms that come our way regardless of what shape or form they may take.

 

Living in the Moment and Making Connections

Jackie Thompson, Retreat Coordinator

Recently I returned home from a family vacation in Las Vegas, the town that never sleeps.  On the plane home everyone was sharing what a good time they had but they were so tired they would need to sleep a week just to get caught up and feel rested.  I however, was feeling very well rested and re-energized because I was able to sleep.  My daughter commented, “Only you Mom could be in a town that never sleeps and get a good night sleep every night we were there”.

As I began sharing my trip with friends, I mentioned how much fun I had and how I had caught up on my sleep and felt very well rested.  People started asking me what was so different.  I started thinking about what was really happening, why my mind was able to shut down allowing me a good nights rest.  I concluded it was a combination of things.

There was lots of walking, no cell phone service which disconnected me from my life here in Colorado Springs, and most importantly “being in the moment”.  This is what allowed me to be open and available to take in each moment with my husband, daughter, and son-in-law.  Some of you know, for me, “being in the moment” is very difficult.  I am a doer, therefore its hard for me to just be.

After returning home, our small group met for the first time since forming at the retreat. One of the questions asked during our gathering was, “What did you take away from the experiences you had at retreat?”  My little piece of the puzzle that I brought home represents “being in the moment”.  I was able to experience what was happening while it was happening allowing me to make new and deeper connections with people.

When you allow yourself to experience “being in the moment” you become open and vulnerable to really feel experiences. You allow things to happen like being touched by the Spirit.  We all agreed the Spirit was definitely present during retreat weekend.  My goal is to live more in the moment, be vulnerable and allow myself to experience life on a deeper, more meaningful level.

In the next few weeks, we will be posting a list of the small groups for anyone that did not attend retreat but would like to join a group.  I encourage everyone to join a small group and connect with others in a way that allows all of us to live in the moment.