A Great Work Means Great Challenges

I used to attend Saddleback Church in Mission Viejo, California in my early twenties.  I remember being single and praying for a wife (happened),  a good career (happened), and several other things that would probably bore you if I elaborated on them.  Nonetheless, if you haven’t heard of that church, it’s the church that a guy named “Rick Warren” started oh probably 20 years ago now.  He has been on Larry King and other major network shows.  I’m not sure, but he may have even been on Oprah.  Anyway, this isn’t meant to be a post about religion.  I just needed to give you that background for the quote to make sense.

Once I heard him say something that has stuck with me to this day and I wanted to share it in the context of 2008.  He was talking about having small “shepherding” type groups in ones home and a few people had complained about how they had to do extra child care when couples were fighting or feed them extra when they were out of work.  I guess they thought bragging to the pastor would make them look more “holy” or something.  that was when he said the quote to them:

No mess, no ministry.

If you aren’t a Christian, you might insert somthing else: ie; family, writing career, connection, etc.  Anything great undergoes formation and that can be painful.  I have a blogger friend, David Masters, who just got married.  As a result, he’s not posting as much.  I was fortunate enough to write a couple guest posts for him that he published and I hope others will volunteer to step up that way because his blog is an AMAZING VISION the likes of which I don’t run across often.  The title is Be Playful and his posts are about getting real and getting creative and getting healthy through that.  Wow.  I am so behind that vision.  The other day I was making a list with my wife of stuff our baby girls needed.  The normal attitude is to go hrmfff and get the basic stuff they need.  The kind of philosophy David is pushing makes you seek out unique baby gifts that will make them smile.

David’s situation is not isolated.  I know at least 2 other bloggers going through a valley, unable to blog and of course I have written here about my dad’s job situation.  Remember if there were no mess, there’d be no ministry.  If someone wasn’t hungry, you couldn’t feed them.  Whatever great work you step up to do, remember that a great work means great challenges.  If you want it bad enough, you can make it through to the side of success.  Never give up.

Author: Damien Riley

I'm a blogger, film critic, & podcaster with an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. I teach public school, 4th grade as my primary occupation. My views on films and life are usually headstrong and often 'left of center' on movies and life, but I have respect for the other side. I married my high-desert princess (now my queen). We have 3 children.