God said, “No.”


                                by Claudia Minden Weisz

I asked God to take away my pride, and God said “No.” He said it was not for Him to take away, but for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole, and God said “No.” He said that her spirit was whole: her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience, and God said “No.” He said that patience is a by-product of tribulation, and it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness, and God said “No.” He said that He gives blessings; happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain, and God said “No.” He said, “Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to Me.”

I asked God to make my spirit grow, and God said “No.” He said I must grow on my own, but He will prune me to make me fruitful.

I asked God whether He loves me, and God said, “Yes.” He said He gave His only Son to die for me, and I will be in heaven someday because I believe in Him.

I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me. And God said, “Now you have the idea.”

Is It A Ministry Or A Job?


If you are doing it because no one else will, it’s a job. If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a ministry.

If you are doing it just well enough to get by, it’s a job. If you are doing it to the best of your ability, it’s a ministry.

If you will do it only so long as it does not interfere with other activities, it’s a job. If you are committed to staying with it, even when it means letting go of other things, it’s a ministry.

If you quit because no one praised you or thanked you, it’s a job. If you stay with it even when no one seems to notice, it’s a ministry.

If you do it because someone else said it needed to be done, it’s a job. If you do it because you are convinced it needs to be done, it’s a ministry.

It’s hard to get excited about a job. It is almost impossible NOT to get excited about a ministry.

People may say, “Well done,” when you do your job. The Lord will say, “Well done!”  when you complete your ministry.

An average church is filled with people doing jobs. A great church is filled with people involved in ministry.

(Author Unknown)