Archive for February 12th, 2011

I just read another awesome article from my Music Ministry class!  I would post it here but it is copyrighted material.  It is from Karen Burton Mains’ book Making Sunday Special.  It had so many great take-aways but the one that was highlighted for me was the concept of  “Sacred Rhythm”.  This actually integrated well with parts of T. Burton Pierce’s book on ministerial ethics that I am reading. (Ministerial Ethics, A Guide for Spirit-filled Leaders) One of the important points that he made was

“The lesson is simple, basic:  the how of ministry is more important than the results of ministry.”  (p.49)

I think this is also the lesson of the “Sacred Rhythm”.  How we do life is as important or more important than what we do.  We can have all of the notes right, be right on the beat, playing just as fast as we can but if we miss the rhythm, if we miss God’s rhythm the results are going to be wanting.  We only have to go to Galatians 5 to get a measuring stick for our adherence to God’s rhythm.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (NASB)

As Allana and I make this big move into full time ministry and full time reliance on the hand of God for provision both in ministry and in life, He has chosen this time to highlight for me the importance of the HOW, of the RHYTHM.  We mailed out our first round of support letters today.  Perhaps that is a right of passage that makes us “official” missionaries. It may be these tasks that make us missionaries in the eyes of the world, but it will be our ears listening for and our hearts beating with God’s sacred rhythm that makes us effective missionaries in the eternal.

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