Received this email from a long time pastor friend and mentor of mine today… It was so encouraging for me and exactly what I needed to remember. As parents don’t we often begin to feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the relentless day to day struggle we face to maintain our homes in some kind of order? Or maybe you’re battling a sense of creeping frustration that spills out from of a lack of observable change in your kid’s behavior? Or for those of us who live in a community of faith, you may well be feeling these same exhausted emotions from another late night in which you just got dumped on by a last minute call or coffee with someone whose seemingly un-solvable life crisis has been brought to your exclusive attention because they seem to think you the only one who can “fix it”. Sound familiar…?
But then his email came across my screen this morning like a breath of fresh air and so timely in helping me reorient my perspective! So, I’m Sending out a BIG THANK YOU to my dear friend for sharing this encouraging treasure with me and I felt led to share it with our RTP world today.
This message ministered to me today and I wanted to share it with you…
Jesus said to Peter – “Feed My sheep,” but He gave Peter nothing to feed them with. And we are all called to go feed His sheep. The process of being made “broken bread” and “poured out wine” means that you will be the nourishment for others’ souls until they learn to feed on God. Before they learn to draw on the life of the Lord Jesus directly, they have to draw on it through you. You are the bridge through which the real truth and healing message of Christ will travel. And this is how God uses us to minister to others. We are called to serve, and serving takes energy and effort. This process has the potential to deplete and exhaust us.
But here’s the important principle: we shouldn’t be exhausted, rather, we should feel emptied. But we need not remain emptied, for we can always return to the Source of all power to refuel. God’s Word promises you strength and power, and the Holy Spirit is the energy source that refuels us so we can continue to serve others.”
Pastor – Wayne Detweiller
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Thank you Pastor Wayne for your encouragement and helpful insights. Wayne and his wife Sue serve in the Franklin TN area as pastors and have co-founded a great new ministry Life-Bridges . To find out more…
A Christian Life-Coaching Ministry
Wayne and Sue Detweiler founded Life-Bridges to equip, encourage and empower individuals and couples to find freedom and fulfillment in Christ. Reaching out to individuals, engaged couples, married couples and parents workshops, retreats, seminars, and Christian Life Coaching Sessions.
Our mission is to connect people to purpose.
Sign up for our blog or to follow us on twitter at 1lifebridge. Join us for The Marriage Bridge, The Parenting Bridge, The Freedom Bridge, or the Engagement Bridge. Begin Christian Life Coaching sessions to move to a new dimension of clarity, freedom, and restoration in your marriage or personal life.