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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Ministry vs. Life

“I would like to encourage you to stop thinking of what you’re doing as ministry. Start realizing that your ministry is how much of a tip you leave when you eat in a restaurant; when you leave a hotel room whether you leave it all messed up or not; whether you flush your own toilet or not. Your ministry is the way that you love people. And you love people when you write something that is encouraging to them, something challenging. You love people when you call your wife and say, "I’m going to be late for dinner," instead of letting her burn the meal. You love people when maybe you cook a meal for your wife sometime because you know she's really tired. Loving people -–being respectful toward them- is much more important than writing or doing music.

If you are a Christian, ministry is just an accident of being alive. It just happens. And I dont know that you can divide your life up and say, "This is my ministry" and "This is my other thing," because the fruits of Christianity affect everybody around us.

A spiritual thing is folding your clothes at the end of the day. A spiritual thing is making your bed. A spiritual thing is taking cookies to your neighbor that is shut in or raking their front lawn because they are too old to do it. That's spirituality. Getting a warm, oozy feeling about God is an emotional thing -there is nothing wrong with it- [but] I think there is nothing more practical than real spirituality.

~ Rich Mullins


Blogger kirk and sarah said...

i'm glad that folding clothes is a spiritual thing, because that's the kind of thing a lot of my days are made of now! sarah livesay

9/18/2006 1:41 PM


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