Sometimes Ministry Means Getting Your Hands Dirty
One of the many reasons that I love being a priest is that I often get to do really fun and amazing things and call it “work.” Case in point: I don’t think I’ll ever get all of the dirt out from underneath my fingernails. St. Anne’s has a wonderful community garden and I sometimes spend my mornings weeding tomato plants and the herb garden. By the way, if you have any use for mint please call me!
As I was busily pulling grass from beneath a basil plant I got to pondering our assumption that ministry and serving God is “work.” We so often think of going to church and doing ministry as a chore when in fact worship and praise ought to give us goose bumps. Serving is about seeing God in the world about us. I suppose deadheading and pruning herbs can be seen as work but in the midst of the garden on a beautiful morning enveloped by the scents of herbs and earth, it isn’t. It is sacred.
God fills us with a passion. When we engage that passion in His service we call it ministry. What is your passion? What makes you feel alive? What causes awareness of the sacred to course through your veins? Do it. That is what a calling is: passion for Christ. It is not a chore, it is a gift.