Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

READING


Old Testament: Genesis 42:29-38
Morning Psalms: Psalms 70, 71
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel: Mark 4:21-34
Evening Psalms: Psalms 74

DEVOTIONAL


Again he said, ‘What shall we say the kingdom of God is like…? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.’”
Mark 4:30-32

When Fr. Rob first joined St Matthews, he asked many of us to do a strengths test. Mine came out strong on leadership and planning, so he asked me to lead a team to create a strategic plan. Now, I had been in the business world for 20 years planning internal projects, even planning projects across an entire industry. However, a church plan? That was a first…a scary first.

I studied, read a lot of books on the topic, and met with my team mates. We drafted a survey and, under Father Rob’s direction, developed a mission statement, a vision, and goals. It’s been more than 10 years now, and the plan has stood the test of time fairly well.  

Jesus says, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.  Night and day whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows…” (Mark 4:26-27) Our mustard seed took root and sprouted. Having the honor to help create that plan, I feel as if I’m still watching that seed grow into something wonderful.

Opportunities to plant and to watch something grow -- to be part of the process – often happen in unexpected ways. We just have to recognize each opportunity, even when it is not so visible, and seize the moment.

The gifts we have can be used in ways we may never even imagine; for me leading a team to create a strategic plan for St. Matthew’s was definitely one that I would never have imagined.

Jesus, you have filled my life with opportunities. Help me to miss none of these opportunities when they come my way. Amen.
AL


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