The query gets up close and personal: "Tell me about your ministry. Who are you? What do you do?" My good friend, Fred Williams, has heard my reply. "Oh, I'm just a PVC pipe. Providing Vital Connections." If you desire to help others, this is a great place to begin. Here's how.
FLOW WITH YOUR UNIQUENESS
I so agree with the language of young people. Get Real. Oh my, the stress created by attempting to be someone we are not. We want to be like that PVC and wear ourselves out in the process. No wonder pipes break! Excluding an occasional flaw, what is wrong with who you are? Do you notice the various sizes, shapes, and colors of the pipes. I doubt the gold one even cares to be the blue one. I can assume there was a topnotch design for that cute little pink one on the left. And I absolutely know God has a topnotch design with your name imprinted.
"You shaped me first inside, then out. You formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God - you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!"
Psalm 139:13-14 The Message
KEEP THE PIPE UNCLOGGED
The saying goes: garbage in, garbage out. Surely by now you have experienced the problems when it stays within. Let's not linger here long. You don't have to tell me yours and I hope I am not required to tell you all of mine. The yuck we harbor inside will prevent the flow of refreshing words, and wise counsel. Appropriate and oftentimes necessary actions can also be blocked.
I admire a group of women friends who use their cancer journey to bring hope to someone else who has received their diagnosis. Sometimes they recommend the names of excellent doctors, or offer sound nutritional and exercise protocols, and share comforting devotional books that brought peace during each phase of the frightening journey. You know your names and I love you. What amazing PVC pipes you are!
FOLLOW ALL ACCOMPANYING INSTRUCTIONS
I hope there are guys reading this today. This one's for you. Do you realize how crazy women get when you toss the instructions aside? Or never take them out of the box? Then three hours later you timidly ask if a manual came with this thing? But we love you. Still :-)
The last step listed is actually the first and most important step: walking daily with God. In His amazing love He left letters to guide our every step. Never has any book provided so great an instruction on how to walk this thing called life.
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
My heartfelt advice is to not wait months or years before reading the instructions; until life and its challenges beg for immediate solutions. The One who created the pipe can instantly flow whatever is needed at any given time. Stay unclogged. Stay in the Word. He will flow through you.