All In

And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.

I Kings 8:61

 

I’ve been the sole proprietor of Organizing You Ministries for ten years now.  My “elevator pitch” has slowly evolved into this statement:

“I help women use organization as a tool to clear out their spiritual clutter so they can go all in for the Lord.”

The phrase “all in” seems to resonate strongly with Christian gals like me.  We want to worship the Lord every day (not just at church), pray continually (not just during a quiet time), and serve Him with our whole lives (not just as we volunteer).  My heart sings with this!  I want to be all in, and to feel as though I’ve gone all in with this ministry.

Before I began it, I read a great little book by Max Lucado called Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot.  As I recall, he postulates that there are four categories of activities:

  1. Things we don’t like to do and for which God didn’t gift us.
  2. Things we like to do, but for which God didn’t gift us.
  3. Things we don’t like to do, but for which God gifted us.
  4. Things we like do and for which God gifted us.

 

I don’t remember if Max said this, but for me, this list clearly goes from least to greatest.  The closer we are to #4, the sweet spot where our interests and giftedness collide, the better—that’s where to go all in!

In most jobs, ministries, and big projects, there are elements in every category.  As I’ve tried to minister to others through speaking and writing (and now coaching), the various aspects of my “job” are clearly categorized.

  • I dislike marketing and social media, and despite my sincere efforts, I truly stink at it. (#1)
  • I love working with my publisher—he’s so great!!—but I’m forever making mistakes, and I must drive him berserk with my improbable ideas and type-A ways. (#2)
  • I’ve never loved writing, but if I pray and work very hard, I write well.  I do find enjoyment in big projects (like the books and handbooks) but do not enjoy blogging. (#3)
  • I just love public speaking and personal coaching—so often I feel the Holy Spirit moving and think, “I was made for this!” (#4)

As this ministry has matured, I’ve focused more and more of my energy toward the end of this list.  I’ve cut way back on my marketing/social media attempts, and tried to be more go-with-the-flow with my publisher. I’ve focused more on writing books and handbooks than blogging (and, praise God, I’m thrilled with the quality of content I’ve been able to produce).  I’ve invested more and more of my ministry funds and personal energy into speaking at women’s conferences where I can encourage my sisters in Christ for several sessions at a time. And I’ve discovered that I love helping women in a coaching capacity…and that by God’s grace I really am helping my clients!

In order to focus on speaking and coaching, I’m planning to make this my last blog post.  Thank you, more than I can say, for your support along the way. It has been a powerful, tearful, freeing, consuming, blessed, excruciating, empowering, and humbling ride.

I believe this ministry is already a “success” in God’s eyes.  I believe that I have been all in and that someday I will hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I believe that as long as I’m still speaking, God will bless the women who hear me.  I believe that as long as I’m still coaching, God will use me to draw my clients closer to Him.

And I believe that as long as my books and this blog are out there, God will use them to bless His daughters—and that they will take what they’ve learned and bless their daughters, and that each successive generation will be blessed in small but mighty ways through my work until the return of Christ Jesus.

I believe.

 

Thank you, my friends and readers, and may God bless you abundantly,

 

 

 

 

Of course, it wouldn’t be the end of an Organizing You blog post unless I challenged you to think about what you believe as well!

So, one last Take the Challenge:

What about your jobs, ministries, and big projects? What parts of those things fall into Max’s four categories?  Take a look at where you’re spending your time and expending your energy. Are you weighed toward the #3s and #4s?  Is there anything you’d like to change now, or aspire to change in the future?

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