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Getting in the Game


What does that look like? It can look like different things over different seasons. For me, in the past it has looked like attending a Bible Study, teaching Financial Peace University, making meals for families with new babies and serving in various positions in the Kids Ministry at my church. There are many options to choose from if you stop and listen to the needs around you. There are always more needs than people to fill them.

In 2009, I started teaching in the 1-year-old Sunday school class when my youngest was in there because there wasn’t a consistent teacher for the class. They were splitting the class into two rooms because of its large size and needed a permanent teacher for the second class. I knew the Lord was calling me to fill that role and, therefore, out of obedience, I taught that class for the next 6 years. Ironically, because some things we are called to do aren’t easy or convenient, I never had the same assistant teacher for longer than 6 months. At the end of the 6 years, I was tired and needed a break for a few health reasons and I wanted to start attending service with my husband and now 2nd grader. I still love the Kids Ministry and have continued to volunteer as needed, but I knew I was no longer called to the weekly commitment. Sometimes the game plan changes.

Right now, I am feeling led to get in the game in a new position that I have not played before. It takes me out of my comfort zone. I could very easily go back to teaching any of the Kids Ministry classes, birth - 6th grade, with no concern at all because I know what to do, but this is not what I am being called to do at this time. I have struggled saying yes to this new role as I know it will require me to say no to other things I am currently doing. I also can see how all the lessons of the past few years have prepared me to step into this new role and to be confident in my steps as He leads me. I’m still a part of the same larger team for the Kingdom, I’m just in a different position. Knowing that, I also know there is no way for me to play this new position without being strong in my daily commitment to Him, spending time digging deep in the Word, understanding what I believe and why, and then getting my hands dirty in His work to further the Kingdom.

Getting in the Game is about listening for God’s direction and being prepared to step in when tapped on the shoulder. It’s about listening AND then responding.

And it’s about continuing on the assignment until you hear a different direction from God.

It’s a blessing to get to play your part even if it’s uncomfortable, unknown, inconvenient and sometimes difficult.

What position in the game is God calling you to play in this next season? What preparations can you do now while you are waiting? It won’t be wasted time, but you will be ready when the time comes, because it will come. We prepare ourselves today in preparation for tomorrow’s assignment.

Joshua 3:5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourself (today), for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”


Mamie Kester

Mamie has lived in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for most of her life. She has been a follower of Christ since early childhood. She has been married to Mitchell since 2007, they have two daughters. She is a small business owner and a project manager/electrical engineer at a consumer products company. Mamie and her husband have led Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class for the past 6 years.

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