“Sometimes absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder, it makes the heart grow apathy.” Beth Ipock
Actually, when I had this thought, I wasn’t thinking about a person, I was thinking about a calling.
I lead the choir at my local church. Our rehearsals are on Sunday evenings (sometimes starting at 4pm) before the evening service. Back in the late fall, we missed two weeks of choir rehearsal. There are definitely times when it is good to take a break in order to refresh.
On the other hand, during that absence started thinking there were things I would rather be doing. I mean, there are so many things I would love to do. Maybe leading a church choir isn’t something I am called to any more.
Here’s just a partial list of things I love to do or would love to do (in no particular order):
- I love spending time with my husband
- I love traveling
- I love my job
- I love serving my Lord through music and Bible teaching
- I love leading women’s events
- I love spending time with grandkids
- I love to get together with friends
- I love scrapbooking and making hand-made cards
- I love writing
- I love reading
- I love Bible study and prayer
(As Father Tim says in Jan Karon’s Mitford Series, “Cavanaugh, what don’t you love?” I think that’s a different blog.)
So when I’m away from my typical service, it seems I am more likely to question if what I am doing is what I should be doing. It’s easier to think about things I don’t have time to do and wish I could do them.
But back with choir on the Sunday morning following vacation, I realized that I love God, I love worship, I love music and I love leading/teaching others. So leading the choir at First Baptist Church in Seymour, Missouri is a perfect thing for me. Our choir is made up of 18 people that love the Lord and are faithful in preparing to lead in worship each week.
Father, I thank you for the opportunities you give me for refreshing. Thank you for renewing the joy of my call to your service. Thank you for giving me love for you and your people.