We have 2 children, but I often talk about my third child. I’ve been told that my eyes light up when I do. The third child will never actually grow up or grow old, but has indeed matured along the way. The third child takes more time than the rest, but is never demanding. The third child, my third child, holds a special place in my heart.
My third child is my ministry. Do you have one?
DrewsAnimals.com is my third child. My eyes light up when I speak of her because my goal is to reach the world for Jesus. God has blessed her over the years, and taught me a lot in the process.
What was once a tiny little home school project has grown into a giant website of nearly 1700 pages. It’s expanded to books, and given birth to other sites and projects – including Realizing Your Winning Potential. Over the years, I have set her aside at times to pursue some of those other things, but she is never forgotten. I always return – come full circle – with new insights into what she needs.
DrewsAnimals.com holds a special place in my heart for 2 reasons. First when it comes to content, she is a reflection of each of the boys, Bob, and myself. Second and most importantly, her purpose was God given and for the Lord. In reality, my love for her is more about what she represents – a giving back to the Lord – than what she has produced in the form of content. She is a gift to my first love – Jesus.
I wish I could say that my zeal for the Lord never wavered in my life, but that would not be true. Much like my zeal for working on various parts of my ministry changes, my zeal for the Lord has come and gone and come again throughout my life.
Are you as passionate about Jesus as you were when you first came to the Lord? Or, has your zeal died down?
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Today’s challenge is to understand that we are to do the first works. Go back to the time when you first came to Jesus. How did you feel about Him? How were you walking in the Spirit? People are not always as much in love with Jesus as they were the day they came to know Him. Ask God to show you where you may have slipped. Then, come full circle and return to that zeal for Him!