It’s been a crazy week. I’ve pretty much been working around the clock since I returned from holidays two Mondays ago. The long weekend wasn’t actually a weekend at all in my world, and I haven’t had a proper night’s sleep all week. Naturally, this would be why I didn’t accomplish my goal of blogging three days this week. Wednesday’s blog never happened, and normally that would really bum me out. But considering how this week has gone, I’m actually 100% willing to forgive myself for this one.
Now I want to clarify something. It’s been a crazy week… but I am thankful. And as mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted as I am right now, I have loved this week. I am so blessed to be able to work so hard for something that I believe in so much. I am so lucky that I have the honor of leading such an amazing team of volunteers who are passionate about impacting the lives of the next generation. And I am so grateful that God always seems to show up and give me the strength and stamina to pull through these crazy seasons when I need it the most.
This morning I feel truly fulfilled. Last night was our FBC KIDS volunteer team fall kick-off event, and I had the pleasure of talking to around 75 volunteers about why investing in the lives of kids at every phase of their development matters so much. Planning and executing the event was a major undertaking, but it was so worth it.
In my quiet time this morning, I read Isaiah 65:17-25. To be honest, I have a hard time understanding exactly what these verses are referring to, but one thing I do know is that they are so full of hope. They paint a picture of a truly fulfilling life where work is a joy, and sadness is a thing of the past. And as I reflected on the past week—as long, and draining, and toilsome as it has felt at times—I truly resonated with this idea of “long enjoying the work of my hands” (verse 23).
I do enjoy the work of my hands. I truly do. I feel so blessed, and so grateful to have been given the opportunity to do what I do, and to be able to use my God-given gifts and talents to accomplish great things in a way that points people back to Him.
This week isn’t over yet. I’ve got a few more long days ahead of me. But I’m ready for them. And I’m thankful for them. And I can’t wait to live out my calling again today, and tomorrow, and the next day.
After all, it’s why I’m here.