It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been in ministry … I continue to learn new things about God, myself, others and church. Here are some things I’m learning about ministry and life right now…
- I’m learning that ministry is not a job, but a lifestyle. It’s who you are, not something you do. When I start seeing my ministry as a job, I need to get out of it and start doing something different.
- I’m learning that rest is important to ministry. It’s okay to rest, relax and sometimes run away and hide. Jesus did it.
- I’m learning that I can’t please everyone all the time. So I’m not going to sweat it.
- I’m learning that ministry is about people and when you’re not involved in people’s lives, you’re not involved in ministry. Also, in order to be around people, I must get out of the office.
- I’m learning that some of my most valuable relationships are those with people who are really different than me, and some down-right strange. They’re the ones that keep life interesting and they’re the ones Jesus would have been spending all his time with.
- I’m learning that far more important than my ministry, and only second to God, is my family. God did not give me a family to place on the back-burner of my life. Never neglect or sacrifice your family. They are your MOST important ministry.
- I’m still reminding myself to avoid with all my might the three “G’s”, gold, girls and glory. Nothing will kill your ministry or witness quicker than one of these three things.
- Never stop learning. Most jobs require CE’s (continuing education) because it’s necessary for us to continue to learn as we go.
- Practice what you preach, even when no one is looking. That’s called character.
- Don’t beat people up spiritually, build them up.
What are some things you’re learning?