Ask God for a glorious burden

We sometimes yearn for a problem free life, But that would be death by boredom. John Ortberg

Boy was this hammered home this week. I spent the last 5 days home in bed trying to kick the flu bug. After a day or two I felt better but still had fever. This meant I needed to rest and let my body throw off the infection. It was ok for awhile, there was some football and the dvr had some good shows. But after that I thought I might go crazy.

I am stating now retirement is not in my future. Give me a problem to solve, or a song to learn, or a service to plan. Then I come alive. Give me a music team to take to the urban center to serve the homeless. Let me join in on a mission team to care for the orphan.

Sure I want to break 80 more often, but that isn't the glorious burden that God is wanting for me. It is much bigger than that. How can I use my influence to bring someone to Christ or mentor someone in ministry. How can we be a part of a worshipping church that God is using through the power of the gospel to transform lives. These thoughts capture my heart and imagination.

So I think it might be said all play and no work makes Joe a dull boy.

So what is your glorious burden? Here are a few suggestions from Isaiah.

Isaiah 61:1-3
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord ’s favor
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve

Joe