Just about the only thing I enjoyed about paying Bar Dues when I practiced law was not having to know anything about separate business accounts for client fees. Fast forward five years and it’s becoming clear that I didn’t leave the practice for comfort. Because about a week ago my comfort zone took another hit. I spent the better part of the Friday before the tax deadline at the bank—setting up a business account to handle one-time donations and money for the mission’s working fund.
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15 (ESV)
This passage may be warning about assuming what you will do, but trust me, it now feels just as foolish to take comfort in the things that you assume you’ll never do. I went to preaching school to preach. God, on the other hand, is still reminding me that ministry means doing whatever is necessary.
Necessary ‘aint’ necessarily comfortable, and the time since I last updated you has made that clear. Easter Sunday saw me scrap the sermon I had written for one that responded to a more pressing need. God seemed to bless that. I got my preacher taxes in to my tax people, which may not sound like much, but trust me—God blessed that! I got the initial round of house prep done for my first meeting with my realtors. God might have actually done that one on His own. And Mission Malawi is now officially a non-profit registered with the federal government. God willing, the blessings will be in that helping to keep accounting clear for contributors. (Don’t try to look it up as Mission Malawi though, that’s not what I named it.)
The moral of this story may be somewhat clichè, but learn from me. Be careful saying never, because you never know where God may lead you. Before preaching school I was warned that I might have to preach outside of my comfort zone on short notice to meet needs. I always thought that I might be able to buy time and preach what I had prepared…not so much. I thought that I could spend the rest of my life with H&R block, never really itemizing my own deductions…not so much. I honestly wasn’t sure that I’d ever own my own home, but once I got it, I envisioned just settling down in it…not so much.
God is runnin’ this! …and I’m starting to realize that growing up means getting comfortable with Him doing just that.
Anyway, a marriage workshop this weekend, a funeral at the building today, tax week and house prep mean that I’m tired—and keeping this one brief again. God’s best to you all as you go forward in Him though!