Oh, ministry how I have grown to love you!
Ministry is how we grow. It’s very hard for people to be part of ministry, but the benefits are endless to our soul. The hardest part is having to not lose your ship all the time. Remembering that you are working with people you love. Trying to act like an adult, not a child. Reminding yourself that you are working for God, not people. Trying to control your emotions when Satan is attacking your thoughts trying to convince you that you are right and being treated unfairly.
The thing is this I am a very creative person- it is hard for me to look at something without trying to make it more beautiful. This is a wonderful thing and something that the church needs from people. Trying to harness my creativity to fall in line with a church vision is a very difficult thing for me to learn how to do. Sometimes I get in my own way and sometimes my emotions get the best of me. I was tasked with putting together an image for an event. This is something that I love to do. I am so excited to find awesome images and make them even more awesome. I want to share them with the world in hopes of bringing someone closer to a relationship with Christ.
When I put something together that is beautiful I feel connected to it. But sometimes I find images and I make this beautiful creation but it does not fall in line with what I was actually supposed to do. This becomes a very hard thing for me and the playground for the devil to create division.
The truth is that I am part of a team that is part of something bigger. That something bigger is the family of God. Everyone that I’m working with are my brothers and sisters in Christ. The people that I’m working with are not like coworkers in a natural sense but they are my family They’re the ones that are there for me whenever I need them, no matter the circumstance.
Now I know all of this sounds really nice but it took me a long time to get to this point where I could recognize that the people that I work with in ministry are not my enemies but that they are my family. It took me a long time to realize that working in ministry is actually a blessing for me personally and my personal growth. It took me a very long time and a lot of tears before I realized that criticism is something that is necessary for growth. I think of the verse that explains that the children that God loves are the ones that are corrected. The truth is that God loves me and he used his ministry to help me grow and each time that I am corrected is just another opportunity for me to praise God for loving me enough that he won’t let me stay the same.
The truth is that God loves me and he used his ministry to help me grow and each time that I am corrected is just another opportunity for me to praise God for loving me enough that he won’t let me stay the same.
The truth is that God loves you too and he wants to make a change in your life as well. It took me actually wanting to change and wanting to listen to God before he was able to use me in this way. And this wanting came from being sick of being the same. It’s not because I’m some amazing Christian who has their life together and wants to please God. No, It’s because I am a sinner who is sick of falling into the same trap over and over again and needs help. God loves each and every one of us. He has mighty huge plans for our life. We just have to believe it, we have to step out in faith, not be afraid of adversity and put our pride down.