by Tracy Commons
Currently, I am working full-time and finishing up my last semester at Temple University. It’s been stressful trying to balance everything, trying to have it “together” – and continuing to build relationships with others. Even though I know this is my last semester and graduation is so near- I still get “ants in my pants” and sometimes feel like life is moving so quickly and there is so much to do…
So, the messages on the Kingdom have been inspiring to me and have really encouraged me! But even though I feel encouraged – I also feel frustrated and doubtful at times, like there is so much on my plate for this season – and thinking “how am I living out the Kingdom in my everyday busy/rushed life? Especially when the people I work with can be so moody, discouraging and frustrating – and school/work life is so stressful?”
I was really encouraged as God spoke through J.R. Briggs this week and reminded me that “everyday life is the place where the kingdom is most powerful and has the most potential. Every day of the week matters.” So, I wrote that down in my journal and tucked it away for further thought – along with other notes..
Well, this past week I had to write a post for one of my online nursing courses – and it was about “What is the human role on this earth? Who am I? What is my purpose, my function, and my destiny? What imprints would I like to set for humanity?”
As I wrote the post – my first thought was “give the easiest comment and be done” but the other part of me said “this is a great opportunity to share Jesus.” So of course I had to share. I was not sure how people would respond or if anyone would respond. But there were three responses which led to ongoing conversations with other nursing students that felt as though they were lacking something in their lives and looking for more.
Needless to say, this opened up a beautiful opportunity to share the Lord and at the same time God humbled and reminded me that His Kingdom is at work – even in our busy lives – even though sometimes we don’t realize it. Sometimes I think my online classes are pointless – Jesus showed me wrong – and I was brought to my knees. So, even in my doubt Jesus still made it known that He is in charge and working in the mist of it all!
Tracy Commons is a pastor at the Renew Community in Lansdale, PA