Just moving dirt???

JPTuesday we were doing some work at Peck United Methodist Church.  This was an area that was hit pretty hard by the Katrina aftermath (the water level subsided at around 8 ft).  Part of our tasks was moving a pile of dirt that was dumped by someone.  As I was sitting there moving dirt from one area to another, it was easy to think is this why we are here?  To move dirt?  When you think you are doing something monotonous, it is easy to lose focus.  Right before I started to think that :), a local pulled up and I got the opportunity to speak with him.  He asked us if this was our dirt.  What I have failed to mention is that someone just dumped this dirt of on the side of the road and it destroyed a fence.  I told him that it wasn’t ours and we were just moving it so the fence could be repaired.  He was very appreciative of what we were doing.  Telling us of how people just drop off trash in the area.  Apparently they are trying to save money…So I ask the question again, is this why we are here?  To move dirt?  The answer is loud and clear!  We are here to do whatever is asked of us to restore hope in a community that was torn apart by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  We are here to show the love of Christ to the people in this community.  We are here to move dirt!

JP

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~ by Celebration Missions on June 25, 2009.

2 Responses to “Just moving dirt???”

  1. You know, it’s kinda ironic the theme that has been weighing on my heart this past week and what you and Jason (I think that’s who wrote the one above) have stated… I see so many of our Christian brothers and sisters sooo eager to do God’s work and frustrated at the fact that they feel they are not being ‘used’ enough. They feel like they keep being brushed off and put in positions of simple, tedious, or what they consider ‘useless’ jobs. Well, all I keep thinking is, there is a huge responsibility in everything that we do in our lives. From cleaning toilets to moving dirt to greeting at church doors, to pushing a broom to help clean after service. God has placed that particular job in your hands at that particular moment… FOR A REASON! You never know who you are blessing, who you will encounter, who He will entrust you with just by being at the right place at the right time doing what seems to be a ‘meaningless’ task. Funny how we often measure fulfillment and success in our ‘service’ to God by the publicly determined ‘importance’ of the job… not by God’s standards. Would it mean the same to do one thing or another if no one else knew? We often fall into the ‘needing to be acknowledged’ category so we can prove our worth by how many people we can visibly see impacted. Well sometimes we will never see the impacts of what we do, but those can be the biggest impacts of them all. You never know. That is why it is so important to be thankful and rejoice in doing everything and anything in God’s name. For HIM and no one else. Regardless if our actions never produce visible fruit in our timing.

    I am so proud of all of you! I love calling you my friends. I love that you ‘GET IT’ and muffle the lies of the enemy. I can’t wait to hear all about what happens the rest of the week! I love you all!! Thanks for being such an encouragement to me and such obedient and selfless stewards of God’s amazing gift to us… life!!

  2. Awesome JP! Keep moving dirt! Or whatever it takes. You are making a difference! AMEN.

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