17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
It's been a while, too long, since I have journaled. Recommit. But I felt a calling back to God's Word today.
I was pondering this expression of Paul. Truly the Thesselonians and all those God intrusted to him, Paul loved. He had an intense longing to minister to them. I began wondering if everyone has a passion, and intense longing to minister to certain individuals. For some, it's the poor....for some it's Africans, for some it's their children. For others it may be their co-workers.
I also wonder how everything would change if we would ask the Lord to give us the same hope, the same joy, and the same crown of glory that Paul felt for them, to us, in our context. How would that change how I minister? How would that change how I serve?
God give me that passion the areas you have called me over: Children's Ministry, African Awareness Ministry, Administration, Friendship, Ministry to my family.