Ineffective or just having a dud day?

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.   Proverbs 16:9

Yes, today was a bit of a bust, in a “ministry” sense.  Our fam piled in our borrowed car at 7:45am in hopes of loving on some immigrant workers who stand at a corner waiting for day labor.  We connected with a guy yesterday who organizes a lot of outreach opportunities and we were to meet him at this corner at 8:00am sharp!  Well, we ended up getting there 10 minutes late and missed out.  What?!  Everyone got donuts and coffee within a few minutes and then ran back to their designated spots- the competition is rough out there in the day labor world.  Yes, we could have stayed there and hung out with some of them but the guy who we were supposed to meet took off after greeting us AND we don’t speak Spanish.  It was awkward.

We headed back to Big Buster and waited for our next “appointment”.

The fam, once again, piled into the car to meet with another lady who organizes more community services around Santa Fe.  We get to her office and she’s gone to Albequerue because of an emergency.  Hmmm…

So, we have taken today as a highly valuable day for connecting and “planning” for our next cities and having some rest with the kids.

We have a lot of days like this and sometimes it gets us down and makes us feel ineffective.  It’s hard for us to think that our plans to reach out to the poor are not God’s plans for us on those particular days.  My friend, Shelly, reminded me yesterday that we need to be ok with having days that are duds.  Everyone has them.  God has our life in His hands and there is not a lot we can do about it other than love Him and obey what He asks us to.

Thank you Lord for freely and lavishly loving on us even on our dud days.

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2 Responses

  1. ummm… yeah… dud days here too! we love you friends! keep on, keepin’ on 🙂

  2. I feel the same way when I’m working on projects here like database cleanup (hours and hours of correcting capitalization and verifying addresses) or reorganizing the office supply closet for the 100th time. Is this work really “important” enough to be part of God’s calling for me?

    I think you’re doing as much (if not more) in service to humanity when you love on your family as you do by loving on the poor. Thanks for the reminder to do what’s in front of me now instead of getting too caught up in saving the world!

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