Welcome to Wednesday, my favorite people! I am so excited to introduce you to the sweet and hilarious, Jeanette Levellie! Jeanette is...
A spunky pastor’s wife of over thirty years, Jeanette's debut humorous inspirational book, Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top, released in April of 2012, and has already become an Amazon bestseller in the humor category.
Jeanette’s bi-weekly humor/inspirational column, God is Bigger, has been a popular feature in the Paris Beacon News since 2001. She’s published stories in Guideposts and Love is a Verb with Gary Chapman anthologies; articles in Vista, God’s World Today, The Christian Communicator, Birds & Blooms, Country, and Country Extra magazines; devotionals in The Upper Room, Daily Hope, Light from the Word, & Glimpses of God, greeting card verses for Celebration Greetings, and poems for La Leche League International calendars.
Jeanette, thank you so much for being here. I absolutely loved this! Take it away!
When I became a Christian at age eight, I went to school the next day and told my friends in a singsong voice, “I’m going to hea-ven and you’re no-ot!”
I don’t recommend this method of sharing your faith. Although my heart was right—I wanted to serve the Lord—my methods were a bit primitive. Pre-believers need more than a taunting song from a freckle-faced kid hanging upside down on the monkey bars to see their need for a Savior.
Since that early faux paus, I’ve honed my “sharing the gospel” skills. I’ve also discovered that attitude is everything if I want to not only please the Lord, but also enjoy my relationship with Him. I made that discovery when a close friend nearly landed in jail.
Several years ago, our friend, Roger* was arrested and falsely accused of a crime. After weeks of earnest prayer and Roger’s savings moving from his savings account to the lawyer’s wallet, the judge lessened the sentence from jail time to community service. I was so grateful, I wept as I praised the Lord. Then I thought,
“I want to do something to show my gratitude.”
I decided to take my lunch break once a week to visit a nearby nursing home. I brought yarn to one of the patients who crocheted, ice cream bars to the nurses’ aides, and smiles to those who’d lost theirs. Although I often grieved when I left, knowing I was returning to my healthy life, visiting these unfortunate people was a joy. I never associated the word “work” in relation to these visits. I was ministering to the Lord by loving a few of His lambs. It was a tangible way I could say “thank you” to Jesus for rescuing Roger.
It’s too easy for us to slip into categorizing some of the things we do—teaching Bible classes, leading worship, sharing our testimony—as “working for the Lord” rather than “ministering to Jesus.” We tend to label our activities as “spiritual” or “secular.” But that’s not how the Master thinks. He says, “If you’ve done something for another human being, you’ve done it for Me” (Matthew 25).
If we’re interested in making our lives count for Jesus, we’ll be conscious that every floor we mop, every tip we give a waitress, and every song we sing, ministers to the Lord. Well, with one exception. That tacky little one I sang as I hung from the monkey bars is long gone!
Does it help you to think in terms of ministering to Jesus as opposed to working for Him? Is there a difference? Why or why not?