“You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this,
You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandments greater than these“.
I love our God, and I have put my trust in him as he has in me.
Two years ago God called me into reader ministry. I am not some academic person, and I often doubt my abilities, but who was I to argue with God. The path he had chosen for me filled me with dread, but I was not about to go against his wishes.
Mission Impossible or so I thought. I started my reader ministry course not really knowing what to expect, and then I learnt the requirements. Well where to start, there were numerous books to read, assignments to complete and on top of that I had to work with a group of people I had never met before. Everything I had to do was taking me out of my comfort zone, from standing up to deliver presentations or to discuss various topics in large groups. To my surprise I scraped through the assignments and achieved my initial goal.
Two years ago I set out on a journey, a journey which I thought would be impossible and yet here I am looking forward to the 29th September 2018 when I will be licenced as a reader, the impossible task that I thought lay ahead was challenging but totally fulfilling. The people I worked with where in the same position as me and yet we worked together growing as individuals and a group.
Life puts so many challenges in front of us, the small things to you maybe major to someone else. With a little faith and determination we can conquer these challenges and with the help and love of the people around us we can strive to reach our goals.
To love your neighbour as yourself is one of the greatest commandments. I have had so much support from friends and family. People I hardly know have shown encouragement and I have seen the love and goodness within these people. They have all helped me fulfil this calling into this ministry, just as there are people you hardly know waiting to help you.
Just look at yourselves and the people around you and see what they have achieved. Yes lots of it is through hard work and determination, however there is also faith on your side and a God full of love for God loves all his people.
What I am trying to say is no Mission is Impossible if you have people around you sharing in your goals and beliefs. If you just spend a couple of minutes each day praying to God, he will listen and guide you. Let God into your lives, open your hearts so you can see the goodness in people, and help others. There is always a light at the end of a tunnel.
I have always had faith, and over the years that has grown. Although I knew God was guiding me and answering my prayers I never expected him to call me into ministry. Never did I believe that I would be able to stand up in Church and preach a sermon, or that I would be able to help make decisions on the future of our ministry or be able to help other people see their faith develop and shine. We meet all kinds of people in our life and God is waiting for them to open their, hearts, soul and minds.
It doesn’t matter how old or young you are what gender, disability or sexual orientation. Everyone is welcome in to a life with Christ. St David’s is striving to be an Inclusive Church and part of my ministry is to welcome you all into this life. There is so much on offer, and we would love to see you and join in with this beautiful life, a life with Christ.
This Impossible Mission that God called me to do; is not impossible but a life changing experience which is just the beginning of my ministry. Put your trust in God, and you will achieve your ultimate goals with God showing you the way.
When I get licenced in September in the Cathedral I will be with many of my friends who have been on this journey with me. It would be amazing to see lots of new people wanting to join in with our faith, or to join us at St David’s whether that is in one of our services, Friday Café or Messy Church or other events we hold.
(This article by Wendy was originally published as part of St David’s Messenger in September 2018)