Extended Deployment

While I was at STEP Advanced (Sheesh, that place keeps coming up a lot, doesn’t it? Yeeeees, I think I already told you that it made a major impact on me, so what do you expect? [And by the way, you should definitely send all your girls through STEP. 😉 ]) we got sent on ‘deployment’ to do a service project. Some of the girls painted for a dear family who uses their home as a ministry, while the rest of us helped out at a faith-based theater (like, a theater for plays, not movies). We cleaned, organized, labeled, painted and organized some more. And it was interesting, how just knowing that we were helping people gave us (or at least me) that much more motivation to work hard and be helpful. That’s not to say I didn’t have my lazy moments. Laziness has been a problem of mine for many many years, so it’s not like it’s going to go away overnight.

So, this week we’ve been out tramping along the sides of roads picking sandhill plums for jam. And while we were doing that in the heat (my phrase for the day was “Sweating is good for you!” 😉 ) and the thorns and the stickers and the poison ivy (well, we tried to avoid the bushes that were totally enveloped in poison ivy), I had a thought. It went something like this:

I am a STEP girl.

I will always be a STEP girl.

I want to go back to STEP next year.

So, what if my home-time is actually just an eleven-month deployment?

What if I worked all the time as if I was on deployment?

Think it might change the way I worked any? Would I stop for breaks as often if I acted as though I was on deployment? Would I work quicker if I acted like I was on deployment? Would I put more effort into having a positive attitude all. the. time. in spite of unpleasant jobs or uncomfortable circumstances if I acted like I was on deployment?

And then I had another thought. It went something like this:

I am a Christian.

I will always be a Christian.

I want to see my Savior in heaven someday.

So, what if my time here on earth is just an extended deployment?

Would I live my life differently if I acted like a Christian on deployment? Would I waste as much time on worthless activities? Would I find ways to be more productive for Christ? Would I put more effort into glorifying Him and less into pleasing myself? Would I die to myself daily in order to serve those who need it, if I acted like I was on extended deployment?

We are on an extended deployment, and will be until the day we die. (Or get raptured. Whichever comes first.) We are Christ’s ambassadors, and, in the words of Pastor David Gibbs, our one job is to “make the Son of God look good”. So my question is, what are we going to do about it? If we are on extended deployment with the one mission to glorify God, then how are we going to live? How should I change my lifestyle to better serve my King? How should you?

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