Do you ever read just a sentence or two in the news and the words strike you to the core?
Maybe it was the mood I was in, but I was reading in the recent issue of Parade (March 9, 2008) two separate statements that I thought were particularly insightful.
The first surprise came from an article about the comic, Tina Fey. At the very end of the article she is quoted as saying: "I'm here laboring over this tiny show so much, and around me people are making money by the fistful."
Oddly, it struck me because so often people in ministry work are doing just that. They are laboring diligently in the work of God, watching as those around them are "making money by the fistful." How often their skills could be used in a field that would bring in more income, but still, they stay the course, working for a mere pittance, if that.
I think that says a lot about the value of their work. They are faithful, even when the reality is, our society values work based on its return.
The second article in that same issue of PARADE was about the author Frank McCourt. He was encouraging people to do what they love to do, no matter how old they are, how old the dream is, or even if it is a brand new direction in life. After 30 years of teaching, sensing he had more in him, he turned to writing and became a best-selling author at the age of 66.
Finally, I overheard a staff person just last week say to our son, "It's okay to dream big. Your dreams don't cost you anything, do they?"
Putting all of these together, I am so inspired by the wisdom gleaned from these people. I hope you will find something in their words to inspire you as well.
Have a great day!