lessons along the Way…

Every now and again, a friend or family member will ask, “Have you gotten ordained yet?” or “Are you ever going to get there?”

You see, I’ve been on this “journey” towards ordination for awhile now… and there have been many times along this path when I have asked myself the same question that some of my friends have asked:

Am I ever going to get there?

But God has been teaching me something through this journey… something that I think is very important…

Becoming ordained… adding the title of Reverend to my name… will not be “getting there”…

“Getting there” implies reaching a pinnacle, maybe even arriving at a point and time of privilege in one’s life… it might even suggest the end of a journey and a time when one can rest from their labors… One has “gotten there”… One has “arrived”…

But becoming ordained will mean none of this…

Because what God has been teaching me is that becoming ordained… adding the title of Reverend to my name… will not add privilege and rest…

Instead, ordination will add extra responsibility to my life… and my journey with the Lord will not end with ordination, but will continue, as I seek to follow the Lord and minister in the places and to the people where He calls and where He sends me…

It will be a high point for me when I am ordained… perhaps even a “mountain top” experience… but just as the Lord went back down the mountain after He was transfigured (Mark 9:2-9) and continued to minister to God’s people, I will wake up on the morning after ordination, and I will be called and sent to continue in ministry, even as I am doing now…

Ordination will come, but it is not a destination… rather, it will be a door to a new chapter in my life…

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