Friday, June 24, 2011

Life Verse

Thirty-one years ago I clearly sensed God calling me into ministry. I was seventeen years old, facing college decisions and searching for some direction in life. At my summer life guard job, sitting up in my tall chair, I heard God speak: "Durwin, will you ever be happy doing anything but church work?" That's exactly what I "heard" in my mind. It is perhaps the clearest verbal message I have ever heard from God. Kind of a general question, I know. Maybe I was being called to be the custodian. That's real church work! But I knew in my heart that God was calling me to serve him. It was my "call to preach." My first response was a bit of fear. I didn't want to answer God's question, but I knew He was right. I would never really be happy if I was not following what He wanted for my life. After struggling with this thought for a few weeks, I finally talked with my pastor and my youth pastor, then, on a Sunday night, I shared with my whole church what God was doing in my life. That night, Andy, my youth pastor, shared a scripture verse with me that would impact my life every day since. It has become what I call my "life verse." Philippians 1:6 says, "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." I have grown to realize that the good work God began in my life thirty-one years ago (and even earlier), He continues to this day. Life is not always easy; church work/ministry is a joy (mostly), but it is real work! But God never fails. He faithfully continues the work He has begun in my life, and He will do so until the day I stand before Jesus. That's what keeps me going. It's not my work; it's His. And this promise is good for you too. Whatever God wants to do in your life, let Him. You will not be disappointed.


  1. May I speak a word of encouragement on this blog initiative. Actually I thought you might comment on JM's trip to the ER Wednesday evening. I think no news is good news. So glad to read the blog!

    In His love,

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  2. I'd love to see a picture of you at this age. Do you have one from your first sermon?