In the past two and a half months I have moved from living on my own, to investigating new ministries, and also moved back into community again. For someone like me who likes to be in control and don’t really like transitions, this is way too much transitions. How am I dealing with all these transitions you may ask? Well, I am trying to live in the moment while be centered and grounded in Jesus Christ. My prayer life helps me through everything. However for me, it is more difficult praying in this transitional time.
At present I am investigating new ministries. A ministry is a job whose foundation is service to others. According to Farnham et al in the book Listening Hearts- Ministry comes from the same root as minus, which mean less. Jesus said, “For who is greater: the one who is at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at table? But I am among you as one who serves” (Lk 22:27). In a ministry your chief motivator is God. It is essentially about being in relationship with God through our service to others.
I have been trying to find a balance in dealing with all of these transitions in my life. I think I am not doing too badly, except that I still have not finished unpacking. I ask myself how someone can accumulate so much stuff in four and a half years. I am now trying to downsize all the stuff that I have so that the next time I have to move it will be much easier and less stress.
How does your ministry/job put you at the service of others?
What are the things in your life that you need to let go of?
Lystra Long, OP
St. Joseph, Trinidad