“…we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times.” 2 Corinthians 4: 1
Somehow, I felt called to minister to church secretaries and women’s groups. I didn’t ask to be a public speaker, nor an author. While working in the synod office, I received a call from an acquaintance who said, “We need a retreat leader.” I told her I would find her one, and she said, “We want you.” For days, I tried to talk myself out of this challenge, but the Holy Spirit won out.
Years later I began a new ministry–Souly-4-You by Linda Gillis. It has grown slowly–enough to keep me interested. My books have not become top sellers, as it takes a lot of money to market them. The good news: I never intended to become a best-selling author. I do it because I felt called to share my stories with other church secretaries.
However, sometimes I wonder if my ministry is running dry like a water well in the desert. Fortunately, all is takes to keep serving is a little encouragement, such as when I get a comment about “the Donut Theory (inspiration and encouragement for church staff), such as, “I read your book, and I felt as if you were in my office observing me. Thanks!” Then I know it’s worth the effort to get through the hard times.
Blessed Jesus, help me walk beside you in ministry until you say, “Well done, faithful servant.” Amen.