serving vs. volunteering

Chris and I were talking this afternoon about our response to certain ministry opportunities that God has brought our way.  In all honesty, it has been hard for us to jump back into serving.  We are probably pretty cautious right now, and trying to get back on our feet.

But in this phrase, “jump back into serving”, lies an untruth that God is addressing.  Am I really serving?  Or am I just volunteering?

A volunteer is one that gets to choose when and how she undertakes a certain task.  If she doesn’t “prefer” a certain ministry at church, or doesn’t feel comfortable, or any number of reasons that one could come up with, she has the freedom to say no.

A servant is one that does the will of her master.  It doesn’t matter if she is tired, feels incompetent, doesn’t understand or is “too busy”.  When her master asks her to perform a certain task, her duty is to carry it out.  Some might say “but God gifts us to do certain tasks, and I’m not gifted in that area”.  And my answer would be “I can trust that God is going to ask me to carry out the tasks He has gifted me to do.  If He is asking, it’s because He has given me what I need to carry it out.”

And I can do this with a completely confident heart.  My master will never ask me to do something that doesn’t line up with His Word.  My master will never ask me to do something that will harm me.  It might be difficult or uncomfortable, but I am safe in His arms.  Always.  And on top of this, He is not only my Master, but a loving Father.  Which means that he gives me times of respite, He cares for my well-being and I can trust that He knows exactly what I need.

I think that finding the balance between doing it all, whether God has called me to or not, and finding a multitude of reasons not to be involved in opportunities that I become aware of, can be a difficult thing.  BUT, if I truly trust Him, I will also trust that He will give me discernment to tell these apart.

If I can trust Him for salvation, then surely I can trust Him in these matters.  And if I want to truly call Him Master, that makes me His servant.

And this means that every opportunity that comes up is not mine to sort through, choose what I want and reject what I’m not interested in.  It does mean that when God says “please take care of this for me”, my response should be “I would love to”.

If I have to choose between the ease of being a volunteer or a lifetime of servitude to the God of the Universe, I will choose being a servant.  I think that it is a decision that I will have to make every single day.  Maybe multiple times a day, but it is my heart, and I want Him to hold me to it.

[On an completely different note, I am 12 days into my Isagenix Cleanse.  I believe that I am still going through a lot of detox.  Which doesn’t surprise me with some of the medications that I am on/have been on for many years.  But, I am off my sleep aids, I am one of my prescription medications and I have a lot more energy in the morning.  Once I discovered that I wasn’t eating enough protein and changed that, my headaches are easing up and my mid-afternoon slumps aren’t so “slumpy”.  I have continued to learn a lot about how lack of magnesium affects the body and the importance of a correct pH balance for good health.  It is fascinating and I really do love learning about all this.]

Three days in…

On Friday, I started the 30 Day Cleanse from Isagenix.  This system is made to fortify my body with high quality nutrients while encouraging it to burn fat cells, which is where toxins are stored.  I was excited to open the box and look at these products which have been life-changing for so many people.

My day started out with a serving of Ionix Supreme.  I simply added a scoop of the powder that is filled with adaptogenic and antioxidant herbs and nutrients to about 8oz of warm water and sipped it down, just like tea.  It reminds me of hot apple cider!

Each day, I drank some really yummy shakes (at first, I wasn’t sure what to think, but I’m really liking them now!) and ate a normal, healthy meal.  I also used a couple of supplements.  I’ll write more about the shakes and the supplements over the next several days.  On Friday night, I had started to get a bit of a headache.  That didn’t surprise me, as I knew my body would have to go through sugar and caffeine withdrawal.  By last night, it had turned into a full-fledged raging migraine, which could very well have been from the incoming storm front.  Changing weather is one of my main migraine triggers, and totally out of my control.

I woke up this morning without a migraine, and ready to start the 2 day “deep cleanse”.  Throughout the day today and tomorrow, I will be drinking Cleanse for Life, which is a natural blend of herbs and other good stuff to help boost my metabolism and energy levels.  I will be drinking lots of water and herbal tea, and avoiding the kitchen while my men are in there making their food! (oh my word!  “Leftovers-day” never smelled so good!!) I feel a bit drained, but thus far, I have avoided temptation, because I know it will be good to give my digestive system a chance to rest.

On Tuesday morning, I will return to my daily schedule of 2 shakes and a healthy meal.  One day at a time, I’m gonna keep doing this! : )

HOPING to be HEALTHIER

A couple of years ago, my friend Kathleen did a 30Day Cleanse through a company called Isagenix.  It was exciting to hear (via her updates on Facebook) about the positive changes her body went through while doing it.   For this busy mama (10 people in their family!) to have increased energy and a wonderful sense of health and well-being was really inspiring.

Although she invited me to try it out, I wasn’t quite ready yet.  I don’t even remember why.  I had tried another wellness company, and it just ended up not being a good fit for me.  I’m glad I tried, because I am learning what works for my body and what doesn’t.  And that’s a good thing.

But about a month ago, I was at the end of my rope. I did a little more research into Isagenix and gave Kathleen a call.  I wanted to try the 30 Day Cleanse.  I continued my research into this company and the products they sell, I have prayed about this and talked with my husband, and we are convinced that it is time for me to try it out.

These products contain high-quality ingredients that work at healing and building up my body.  The goal is to help my body work the way God made it to work.  I need a  potent, nutritional “jump charge” to get it moving in the right direction.  While I see many different things that need to change for me health-wise, my top three priorities right now are increased energy, better sleep and clearer thinking.  It is hard to tackle life when you are lacking in any of those areas.

I should be receiving my products from Isagenix in a day or two, and then I will be starting this 30 Day Challenge.  I don’t know what each day will hold, or how it will make me feel, but I’m hopeful.  And hope is a good thing.

I am planning to post regular updates, so if you are curious how it’s going for me, or would like to cheer me on a bit (because I’m pretty sure I’m gonna need it), please stop by and say hi. : )