I admit it, sometimes I get burned out and sometimes I get to the point where I wonder if I’m making a difference or am I just another distraction in a student’s life. This week has been one of those weeks. I almost feel like I’ve gone through the past two weeks with my high school small group guys on auto pilot. But to be fair to myself they’ve had a lot going on with finals and graduation and senior projects being due. I did the bare minimum I had to do with these guys this week and when I got to the end of the week I felt like I just coasted through the week.
But I don’t want to do that. I don’t want my ministry to be “good enough”, I want to always go the extra mile and know that when it comes to serving in my chosen ministry I gave it my all. When this happens to you the first thing is to recognize it’s happening and the next step is to think about what I could have done different last week. I spent a lot of time in prayer about this last night and I asked God to give me a fresh look at my ministry and not let me get complacent about what I’m doing. I also recognize that there is some spiritual warfare going on here and Satan would love for me to feel like I’m not making a difference and for me to back off on what I do in ministry. This morning I feel totally recharged and ready to go.
We had a great small group meeting last night, two of my students did the lesson and we unpacked chapter one of the book of James. While they were unpacking scripture James 1:17 jumped out at me and how I felt about coasting through the week, “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” – NLT
I want my ministry to be as good and as perfect as I can make it. That means recognizing when I’m just getting by and fighting the temptation to just coast through the week.
Question: What do you do when you feel you’re coasting through your ministry?