Serving But Starving
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I like pizza. So, it's not totally uncommon for me to hit our local pizza place for a 15-minute lunch. Some years ago, we had a nice Italian restaurant near our office. And great food, not just pizza, and they were very busy from about 12:00 till 2:00. I was in there after the rush one day and I asked the owner how she was. She told me she was doing pretty well and then she asked me how I was.
Well I told her I'd be doing a lot better when I got my lunch. She said she understood and that if she waits too late to eat lunch she gets 'the shakes.' I laughed and I said, "Well, you're at the right place. You're surrounded by lunch." She said, "You know, it isn't always the right place. Sometimes we're so busy serving we don't have time to eat it ourselves." Well, I've never worked in a restaurant, but I know that feeling.
that's going to lead to a Martha meltdown. Because that's what she did because she didn't take the time to sit at Jesus' feet. See, ministry is meant to be the overflow of your own growing time with the Lord, not a righteous substitute for it.
So, if you feel yourself growing weak, tired and frustrated while you're serving your Lord, it's probably not the fault of the customers. You just haven't been taking time to eat.
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