I find that as I think creatively and become more yielded to the Spirit, I become sensitized to the world about me. Being more freed from self, virtually guarantees we will participate more in the lives of others.
We must learn to use our real limitations—those costly physical, emotional and financial drains—creatively.
Kurt Hahn, father of Outward Bound, whose schools use wilderness training to engender self-initiative, developed a philosophy early in life when he spent a year in a darkened room after suffering from a severe form of sunstroke. He explained, “Your disability is your opportunity.”
We as Christians must use our disabilities as our opportunities. How can we meet the overwhelming needs of the world when there is so much pain and so few of us? How can we use our limited potentials to their utmost?
One creative answer is by combining our resources with those of others. An answer to ministering hospitality, which has existed throughout the centuries, has been the commune. Many Christians today are living together, sharing homes and incomes in order to free themselves to make significant contributions in society, as well as in the church.
Award-winning author Karen Mains continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.