…back to reality.

It was back to Corporate America for me today. I knew that it was going to be hard, and I was right. I have had a small glimpse of what my life might be like when working in a ministry environment, and now I have to return to my other life as I wait on God’s timing for my departure. Sure, I have plenty to keep me busy in the meantime: finding a home for the cat, replacing my carpet, putting my house on the market, selling my car, taking additional courses, and raising prayer and financial support, among other things. I think I could make a full time job out of my personal to-do list, but I am also praying that I might remain diligent in the job where God has me right now!

The surprising part of my return to reality was that I actually found my return to church more difficult than my return to Corporate America. Perhaps it’s because I have higher expectations for my church. I was disappointed when I looked in the church bulletin Sunday morning and found an announcement about an open Elder’s meeting where a particular topic would be discussed. Without going into detail, the topic is one that is creating a great deal of hurt and division in my church. It deeply saddens me because, while I understand why the issue is terribly important to people, it is also virtually a non-issue when compared to the atrocities that our brothers and sisters in Christ are facing in other parts of the world.

I was asked to pray for the persecuted church during morning prayers at SIMCO a week or so ago and the prayer leader that day gave me an email from a group that raises awareness about incidents of severe persecution. The Voice of the Martyrs email that I read talked about a Christian professor who was badly beaten and had his arm severed during an attack because some students were offended by a question on his test. Another two Christians were attacked, beaten, and cut with swords on their way home from a worship service. There are plenty of additional stories like these on a daily basis. I am thankful that I was able to spend time at SIM in an environment where we were reminded to be praying for the persecuted church. The issues that divide us here in America pale in comparison. Why do we let the little things divide us?

Reality is often understood to be that which we see and experience on a day-to-day basis. I hope that I can maintain a more eternal perspective on reality in the coming months. I hope to continue to be aware of the happenings in the church universal (meaning all the Christians on earth) instead of reverting to the me-ism that often pervades our American churches. I also hope to remember that I glorify God most by being diligent at that which He has for me, even if that includes remaining in Corporate America for a time. A quick look at that reality might reveal a disappointing waiting period, but an eternal perspective on the same situation reminds me that I don’t know how God may use me there in the meantime. I pray that I will not be limited by the reality that I tend to perceive at first glance.