From the Desk of Marjie…

For the past few months I have had a few things floating around in my mind. God plants these things in what I hope is the fertile soil of my mind and I become aware of those areas of my life God wants me to tend to. Some of those are home life, some work life and then there is always the spiritual part that needs some serious weeding.

The words are “intentional” and “efficient vs. effective”.

The word “intentional” reminds me that the secret of success is not knowing your strengths, but your weaknesses. In my younger days, I would focus on that weakness and hammer away at overcoming (fill in the blank). Most of the time I failed. I would look at someone who would accomplish the same task in half the time without breaking a sweat and wished I were them. When I went back to church in my thirties, I read 2 Corinthians 12: 9… “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” I came to recognize that where I fall short, God has created others who have that as a strength. I needed to be humble and allow others to serve with their strengths.

In my effort to do it all myself, I was trying to be “efficient” (do it myself and get it done), instead of being “effective” (getting it done right with a spirit of joy). I have been released from the prison of perfection and have embraced my imperfections because I know God’s got this.

God has shown his strengths this past month, through my imperfections, by the strengths shown by those who have served by visiting with church members, sending cards and prayers out into a hurting world, by those who have felt the call to certain ministries and are reaching out to help with the hungry and hurting in new ways in the name of Catalina United Methodist Church, and for those who have mentioned new ways to the Church. I will continue to share my weaknesses in the form of asking for volunteers. You can help. God’s power can be made perfect through your strengths.

Deaconess Marjie Hrabe