1. I started cutting back on my involvement when I was in my third trimester, and yes, I did feel guilty (I would have previously been on a roster almost every service). After she was born, it was probably 2 months before I went back into helping in the Children’s program, and another month or two before I went back to the other roster. But I do that one much less now. And I’m actually ok with it, and don’t feel guilty. But I think that’s only because it was a huge shock/event that led to it.

  2. […] Introduction: some self-observations about legalism Part 1: what is “legalism”? Part 2: standing under the broken heart Part 3: hiding in shame, packing up my dreams Part 4: when you “trust and obey” but your heart still gets broken Part 5: when you’ve been hurt by legalism, hold onto faith Part 6: What do Brad Pitt, Josh Groban, and Sleepless in Seattle have in common? Part 7: perfection is not possible Part 8: finding healing and freedom in secular music Part 9: “I will keep believing that God still has a plan” Part 10: Plan A, 2.0 Part 11: Modesty: a picture of grace Part 12: Disconnect: when God just doesn’t seem relevant Part 13: Roses in the dumpster: seeing God in everyday life Part 14: Cheating on my church Part 15: Can you hear Jesus calling? Part 16: Checklists, control, and motherhood Part 17: forget where you “should be” and “give God your ugly” Part 18: When your church isn’t meeting your needs Part 19: on being “in your place” in church Part 20: when your spiritual journey doesn’t look like his Part 21: “Well…it feels comfortable…” Part 22: There are no “entry level positions” with God Part 23: “Sitting on the premises” – sometimes, it’s okay not to serve […]

  3. Yana

    I really enjoyed this post, it’s so true about not judging people who seem to be lazy. We often don’t know the reason why people don’t serve. Thanks for such a great series of posts, I’ve really been enjoying them and its made me think about why I do certain things, if its for other people or for The Lord.

  4. To me, there’s two sides to this. It shows firstly that we shouldn’t judge others on the basis of participation/non-participation because we really don’t know where they’re coming from. But also there is something really special about ministering from a place of weakness…..some of the best worship I have led was after my wife was diagnosed with cancer and of course I was thoroughly gutted. In those circumstances, God is everything and it shows through!

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