Handouts, PowerPoints, table set up, lunch orders, e-mail correspondence.
These are some of the tasks that are swirling in my head as we hit the final week before the Level-Up Conference.
But I’ve realized over the years that none of these details matter if there is no love flowing through the conference. If the women who walk in the door next Saturday are not greeted warmly and don’t feel God’s warmth and compassion radiating from our conference team, they won’t return. We have to remember that making everything perfect is not the goal. The goal is to “level-up” their relationship with their heavenly Father. We are His representatives.
I’ve been enjoying a devotional written by missionary Heidi Baker, Birthing the Miraculous. This week I read, “A minister’s job is not simply to preach on a platform, standing up in front of a crowd of people while a big film crew records the service. This is not our primary purpose. Our job is to love each person, one at a time, to stop and lend help every day for each of the suffering and the sick.” “You are called to love the broken until they understand God’s love—a love that never dies—through you.”
Loving people is our primary calling from God, and He’s not just talking about loving the ones we like or get along with. In Matthew 5:44, Jesus said to “love our enemies” and to pray for those who persecute us. In 1 Corinthians 13:1, Paul said, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”
When I step up to the platform for my message, “Who’s Your Daddy?” I want my words to be filled with God’s compassion and love. I want to point the women to a heavenly Father that adores them and loves them with an unfailing love. The last thing I want is to sound like an irritating noise that the people tune out.
So what about you? Are you a taskmaster who never enjoys an event or takes the time to love on people because you are too worried about “to-do” list? Ask God to expand your time to get all the details accomplished prior to the big day. Then let go. Your heavenly Father wants to fill you to overflowing with His love, so that it can pour out to the people whose love tank is on “E.”
There’s still time to sign up for the Pearls of Promise “Level-Up Women’s Conference, September 29th at New Day Church in Southlake. Tickets are currently half-price so just click on the link to the Eventbrite site and type in the Promo Code: “LEVELUP.” https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-level-up-womens-conference-tickets-44917660933?aff=eac2. We hope to see you so we can love on you!
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