Of course, what I heard was personal ministry. We all have light that can help someone else see more clearly the path ahead. When you embrace a personal ministry, you commit to sharing your light with those around you. But sometimes to run the errand the Lord needs you to run, you need to open your mind.
Embrace your errand
Sister Craig begins by reviewing some principles behind revelation. Most don’t experience the fantastic visions we read about in the scriptures. That’s because they don’t need them to accomplish what the Lord wants them to accomplish.
God often speaks to individuals in quiet, reflective moments isolated from distraction. Sister Craig uses this principle to highlight the importance for each of us to make time and space for that voice.
We often think about making that time and space for revelation related to our lives in general or for a particular pressing problem. But what about counsel regarding our personal ministry — the errands the Lord would have us perform for Him? Sister Craig declared,
The more you act on your promptings, the more familiar His voice becomes. And that means you can more readily discern how to proceed with your own personal ministry.
Of course, that means not delaying in following those promptings. Delay too long or too frequently, and you’ll find it harder to hear His voice.
Sister Craig provides such encouragement in her address. The prayer God seems most willing to answer, she teaches, is one asking for how others can be helped. Of course, asking what you can do to help others is the essence of a personal ministry.
Sister Craig then provides an example from her family history. Her grandfather Brother Fritz ministered to many less active Church members, one of whom was Brother Simonis. Sister Craig shares
What revelation are you receiving to help others? If you partnered with the Lord and sought revelation concerning your personal ministry, what light would you bring into the world?
Defy your expectations
The Lord has given us talents and gifts with the express purpose of helping others along our way in mortality. Using those talents and gifts to bless others is the essence of a personal ministry.
And here’s the best part: The same Spirit can give each of us personalized counsel, direction, and guidance in the performance of that personal ministry. I love how Sister Craig teaches that principle:
That’s an outstanding question. Of course, we should be open to “another way” of pursuing our personal ministry. But we should be just as open in our search for an eternal companion.
Far too many of us limit our probability of success in that search by eliminating possibilities that present a seemingly undesirable path. We want someone with specific characteristics. But that special someone who can help us experience the most happiness may not conform to any of those expectations.
As justified as you might feel in adopting them, self-imposed limitations serve only to keep you single, because they reduce the number of candidates you’ll consider. It doesn’t take a math genius to understand that decreasing your sample size means a decreased probability that the person you seek is in that sample. And that means a lower likelihood of success.
Open your mind to unexpected pathways to success. When do you do, you’ll experience the blessings Sister Craig declared.
And that will bring you more joy in your journey.
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