Ever since I was a little girl, I was always starting something. I’m not talking about starting trouble; I’m talking about starting organizations. When all the kids on our block received bikes one Christmas, I started the Grape Ave. Bike Club, complete with rules, meetings, and membership cards. I amended the by-laws to include the skates we received the following year, and the hula-hoops we got the next.
In high school, I presented a proposal to the school board to start an Inner City Athletic Organization (ICAO) that would bring together the leaders of the football and basketballs teams of the inner city schools, in an effort to spark friendships and brotherhood and thus quell the growing threat of gang violence. I figured if the guys knew and liked each other, they were less likely to fight and kill each other. Even though I spelled “athletic” wrong throughout the proposal, the principle made sense to me.
In college, as a member of Campus Crusade for Christ, I organized Feminars (women’s Bible study seminars); and as a member of the semi-professional gospel group The Voices of Joi, I developed our 5-week follow-up Basics of the Faith Bible study program for those who accepted Christ at our concerts. As a young, stay-at-home mom, I started New Blessing Interiors, my baby bedding business, and when I returned to teaching, I developed His Kids Players, a traveling play-acting group. Even now, I have two businesses: Milk & Honey Life Retreats and AuthorizeMe.
As I look back over my life so far, I see that I am always building, but not only for myself. Everything I’ve put my energy into has involved others and their growth, development, and comfort as well.
Consider God’s word on the matter of work:
- Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
- Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (KJV)
- Ephesians 5:16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
- Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
- Proverbs 22:29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.
- Ecclesiastes 11:6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
- Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
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