“You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God.” Psalm 119:1
As a kid, I was the one who sat in the back of the classroom and avoided eye contact with the teacher in fear of being asked a question—and looking stupid if I gave the wrong answer. As an adult, I considered joining a women’s Bible study group at my church—until I learned that everyone took turns leading the study. But a friend encouraged me to give the study a try. “The study is easy to follow. We’ll help you.” After my first presentation, I realized that I preferred to teach than to come up with the right answer! I began to organize brown-bag Bible studies and volunteered to give devotions for programs and meetings.
Years later, my pastor asked me to teach the Sunday Advent adult Bible study. The class consisted of men and women seasoned in Bible study. I’d never taught men before, and some of the men in the class were retired pastors. “I’ll think it over, Pastor, and pray about it,” I said. Was God inviting me to a new level of serving him—teaching women and men? I took the challenge, and once again, teaching others felt good and I was forced to work hard to stay ahead of the class.
Today I write and present retreats to both men and women. And, instead of trying to make myself invisible, I ask, “What’s next, God?”
Lord, give us courage to try new ways to minister to others. Amen.