Ever have the ministry blues? Such discontent or discouragement in serving tends to surface when we experience one or more of the following:
1) a lack of joy
Sometimes the stresses and anxieties of life seep into ministry. This month's Be-Attitude reminds us that we rediscover joy by turning to the One who can guard our hearts and minds with His peace even in the most adverse circumstances.
2) a lack of significance
Sometimes we don't feel like what we do is very important compared to what others do. Or, perhaps we do think it matters but don't get much appreciation from others. During the past month, the MinTools.com Blog looked at our spiritual gifts as expressions of God's grace. When we find our significance in and because of God's grace, we begin to realize that no matter the size or type of ministry, what we do does matter, even if others fail to take notice.
3) a lack of perspective
Sometimes we do all we can to prevent problems but still experience trouble. We trusted God to keep us safe, so what went wrong? We very likely were trusting God's power but what about His wisdom? We tend to gain perspective the bigger and fuller our view of God becomes.
The antidote? 1) Identify the problem. 2) Once you know the cause, look to the Right Source to supply what you lack. --"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Phil. 4:19-20)
Yours in His service,
Ministry Tools Resource Center