Yesterday I sent this tweet: My simplistic answer to the question of longevity in youth ministry: “Kick butt; Be healthy”.
I’ve had a few people ask if I could expound on that a little so I thought I’d do that this morning.
– Ministry deserves my best efforts.
– The freedoms the church gives me shouldn’t be abused or taken for granted.
– My friends in the marketplace shouldn’t work harder, longer, hours than I do.
– I need to take chances, innovate, and “swing for the fence” on a regular basis.
– I need to aim for excellence…but not be a perfectionist.
– I need to be willing to make tough decisions to help our ministry win.
– “Kick Butt” is actually more of an attitude than an aptitude. It says, “I’m All-In, all the time.”
– Having a “kick butt” attitude isn’t an excuse to neglect the important things in life.
– “healthy” doesn’t mean balanced (I actually don’t think balance exists in ministry life)
– I need to spend time with the Father on a regular basis.
– I need to aim to be a good husband, dad and friend.
– Speaking of friends; I need at least one who knows the real me and isn’t afraid to call me out on stuff.
– I need to have some hobbies and interests that don’t include ministry.
– I need to take care of my body.
– I need to enjoy the journey more than the destination.
This month marks my 25th ministry anniversary. And although I have plenty of regrets and things I wish I would have done differently along the way, I think that part of what’s helped me last and have a measure of success (however one measures that in ministry…if you even can) is having a “Kick Butt; Be Healthy” attitude.