To Do.

A Story, Listening When He Speaks, One Nation Under God

I reckon we all have been asked “what’s up with you?” from time to time. Some ask because they haven’t seen you for ages and are curious about you, your life, your family. Others ask because they see something different in you or from you. The latter reason is likely the causative factor for such queries tossed my way these days…

Recently I was participating in a book study for “Mere Churchianity” by Michael Spencer and at the same time I was reading “Radical” by David Platt. Each week I read the required pages and even wrote posts and made comments at the book study gathering ground. I even read ahead, skipped through, skimmed over, highlighted, and dog-eared pages of interest in both books. Throughout, I continued with my Bible-reading, of course. You have to weigh man’s words with God’s words. Soon enough I saw a recurrent theme in all three places.

God calls us TO DO

To put feet to faith. 
To put action to love.
To put hands to His face. 
To put works to salvation. 

TO DO and to do it in Christ’s name.

A man from the rural, little two-room elementary schoolhouse came and spoke at our church a few weeks ago. He is the superintendent and principal and teacher (there are two full-time teachers). He thanked our congregation for giving pencils and paper and socks and mittens and toys and bread to the children on the hill. I am a college degree-toting teacher. Although I am not employed in the world’s workforce as a teacher, I do teach. I teach my son. I homeschool him. I do this because my husband and I feel it is our duty and responsibility. He is ours to raise in an image that reflects Christ. 

And you, you are a teacher too, whether or not you homeschool or hold a degree or have children currently under your roof. You teach those around you. About you. About your beliefs. 

About your God.

Back to the man from the little elementary school… I visited with him following his presentation. And then once again at the schoolhouse. Now I now go there once a week and teach those twenty-seven rural public school kids. My own son comes along. He stands and stretches and runs and dribbles and plays and gets silly with those kids while his mamma teaches physical education. 

My husband thinks it’s quite ironic that we are devoted homeschoolers, yet I have this need to be in the gymnasium with those kids in a public school. So, the reason I haven’t finished either of those two books, nor do I think I will anytime in the near future, is because I am busy doing what He has called me TO DO. I reckon I jumped ship and started to swim.

Saturday afternoon, our congregation opened the basement doors of the old church and a good majority of those elementary kids filed through. They could put faces to the pencils and paper and socks and mittens and bread our church has been giving. The kids came with parents. Games were played. Apples were dunked. Balloons were popped. Snacks were eaten. But mostly, love was given. Our pastor’s only motto/rule/standard is this:

Love God.

Love people.

Pastor J. most likely isn’t gonna get any royalties from those two statements. Golly, four words won’t even fill one page, let alone an entire book. And he isn’t taking the time to write his ideas on paper. He is too busy living it. 

He has a lot TO DO because there are a lot of people to love.

So, what have I been up to?

Trying to figure out how to teach twenty-eight (counting my son) kids ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, in one group, to play basketball. And somehow reflect Christ in me and my son.

Trying to figure out how to direct more traffic to FOR THE LEAST OF THESE to generate money for God’s children, the orphans of Uganda.

Trying to figure out how to glorify God and share His Truth with others in desperate need of healing and restoring at Healing Hearts, Restoring Minds.

In short, I have neglected the book study. I am not sure how I am supposed to feel about missing out on the discussions. Most likely happy… 

Oh yes, it is hard, really, really hard to set aside my own self and my desires, wants, and needs. Although admittedly, I would love to write and tell stories and work on some photography, I have other things for my hands and heart TO DO right now, including basketball drills and ball-handling skills. 

By the way, one girl from that schoolhouse on the hill came to our church service Sunday. Her daddy works at the same mill as my husband, an hour away from here. It is a small world when we realize Whose hands it is in. 

And when we ask God what it is that He wants us TO DO.

* Friends, please vote today or tomorrow if you haven’t yet. Voting is something you can and must do. Will you be the Haggai of your house, your neighborhood, your community, and/or your town? Will you put forth the effort to build up what has been neglected? Will you lead another to see what is right and righteous? About God? What about America? Will you vote for those who value Life? Will you do your part in getting this country back on it’s godly foundation? Will you be Haggai today?

Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!
      “You have sown much, and bring in little;
      You eat, but do not have enough;
      You drink, but you are not filled with drink;
      You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;
      And he who earns wages,
      Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD.

~ Haggai 1:3-8 (NKJV)

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9 thoughts on “To Do.”

  1. Liked this post, Darlene. I've sat in many church board meetings and said "we have enough theologians. What we really need are more do-ologians." Glad you've been able to work with the kids. I'm sure they love having you there:)

  2. I've been reading Mere Churchianity and just finished Radical as well. You're right — they're like companion books and need to be read together.

  3. You inspire me. You are open to the Spirit and where you are being led. You are using your gift of teaching to help others. God bless you.Andie

  4. I love this post Darlene! I miss you!! I have been "doing" where God has called me so have not had much time to post on my blog! I'm so excited to hear all that God is doing through you!! Blessings sweet sister!

  5. I think my pastor used to call it "puttin' feet to your faith." Somehow this post makes me think of that old song, "If I Had a Hammer." Sounds like you've found a way to hammer out some love all over your corner of this world.

  6. First time I have read your blog … we all seem to have a lot "to do" but most of it is transient and lacks meaning. What He calls us "to do" is exactly what your pastor says — "Love God. Love People."It is so simple. Thanks for being a vessel of God's simple message.Sigh.BTW: I thank Glynn at FFF for highlighting you this week for SGRs. I have been blessed.

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