“It’s interesting how those sayings and quotes we heard in college Didn’t mean much to us then , but now nearly 20 years later are making much more sense:) I remember a Country preacher From Alabama sharing some simple sayings and truths that had helped him in Pastoring the same Small country church For thirty years .. one quote that stands out is “PREPARATION TIME IS NOT WASTED TIME”
Does the Lord have you in a place of waiting or preparation right now? Have you found yourself at times seemingly spinning your wheels or wondering whether your part in the ministry is really accomplishing much for eternity ? Well, whether you’re a college student like I was , wondering what God was doing as I studied Greek and several other challenging classes , cranking out research papers , wondering if I’d ever graduate .. or maybe you’re a Sunday school teacher wondering if the students are truly gleaning a bit here or there . Remember to resolve to stay faithful ! It’s been said that “success in ministry is not measured in years but in decades “. Dr John Goetsch said “Response of our service is on God , but the resolve and obedience is on us” Remember God may be preparing you for something greater . Perhaps a great moving of God or harvest of souls is right around the corner Stay with it!
On a personal note, with COVID forcing all of us indoors for five months or so, we decided to immerse our four year old son into the Abeka K4 video program. We thought “let’s at least be productive with all this extra time we have on our hands thanks to covid.” Has our son retained every concept from every video? Absolutely not and far from it , but the exposure to a classroom setting , submission to a new authority (video instructor) and just engaging his mind for the first three hours of his day have been well worth it. Jeremiah 29:11 has meant a lot to us during this preparation time and waiting for the restrictions to be lifted and things to return to normal “For I know the thoughts I think toward you Saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
God has a plan for our life that’s far greater than anything our minds can conceive … just be faithful where you are . Remember, preparation time is not wasted time .” – Mr. Ryan Mitchell, 5th-6th Grade Teacher