Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Organic God

So I've been reading a book called The Organic God by Margaret Feinberg.

This morning I literally laughed out loud as I read. (Which I needed to do because this week has been an emotional roller coaster!)

In Chapter 4 she talks about how the organic God is always wise and she's sharing gems of scripture she has discovered that have helped her discover God's wisdom. Then she says this:

"Recently I stumbled on this gold mine:

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
Proverbs 14:4 NASB

....this proverb offers a powerful lesson:

Sometimes work stinks, but keep it up because it will lead to profit."

She goes on to talk about how she loves writing but not always everything about it

The she says " This scripture insinuates that any job worth doing has its poopy parts - whether you're a college student, a writer, a farmer, a minister, or an executive for a Fortune 500 company."

That's the part that made me laugh, did she just say "poopy"?

Then she has this equation:

"No oxen = No poop = No profit OR Oxen + Poop = Profit

I love that because ministry is definitely not all a bed of roses but if we take the dirty parts with the clean parts we will see profit in our work.

I just had to share. I am enjoying this book so far. It has been encouraging to me especially during this transition.

1 comment:

Margaret Feinberg said...

I am so glad you're enjoying the book and remembering to laugh even in the "poopy parts". Prayers for grace and strength during this transition.