In reading Kurt and Josh’s articles this week, I feel as if the theme is how to respond, not just to the things in ministry that can drag us down and wonder where God is in all of this, but also to time, to calling, to self-doubt. I have to admit, I don’t handle it nearly as well as these guys (I’m not the eternal optimist…), but here are a few things that have helped me in my ministry roles.
I find I am the most negative and beat down when I am looking at the past. What went wrong, who said what, sometimes even what went right. I find hope and passion dreaming about the future. What would I love to see God do in our ministry? What message does he have for our students in the coming months? What fun event do we have on the horizon?
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Calendaring out the year can be fun; I get to dream about all the amazing things God has in store. Taking a half hour here and there to not “do” ministry but to sit, pray, and dream on where God can and will take us and brainstorm on how to improve and make God’s love real to students…it energizes me.