Ministry can be a lonely endeavor, if you let it. There are few careers that tend to isolate you like the one I am called to. To be sure, you can become a Lone Ranger in any line of work if you choose to, but by nature, ministry seems to push us away from the very people we are called to love and serve. The more we give and pour ourselves out, the greater the tendency to pull away from deep, personal friendships and ultimately, a deep abiding relationship with Christ Himself. Read more for five reasons ministers quit.
You get to choose your perspective on the life you've been given. While it's easier on the front end to complain about all the things that haven't gone right in your life so far, the long-term consequences of negativity are enormous. Studies consistently show that negative people who complain not only see the world through the worst possible lens, they are also unhappier, unhealthier, and more lonely than people who choose to be positive.
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This lingering thought haunted me over and over again as the plane carried me across the ocean for two years. All the things I would I miss...
Everything from decorating the tree, baking, and making gingerbread houses to the rush of shopping for, wrapping and delivering gifts. Christmas music on the radio, advertisements for toys, billboards splashed with all things red and green.
11 months later, my Thanksgiving meal and the daunting December calendar were the only reminders that Christmas was just around the corner. The South Asian town I lived in was quiet during this time of year. No music. No flashing lights. No advertisements. No rush to shop. No Santa.
As a rule, I'm usually asleep most nights by 9:30. That doesn't mean I'm in bed. I'm usually on the couch. I don't make it to bed until around 11pm when I wake up and find the lights and TV are turned off and everyone has left me all alone in the den. That is, unless there's something really interesting on TV that won't allow me to slip into unconsciousness. Like the Super Bowl, game 7 of the World Series...or last night's Presidential election.
I confess that I stayed up way too late (or early) because I was glued to the unfolding story that's dominated the headlines in America for the past year. I also realized, rather recently, that the rest of the world has been watching our democracy approach this election with great concern and interest. While traveling in Europe last month with my staff and family, a gas station attendant in Greece told me that he was afraid we'd elect the wrong candidate...all the way across the world in the United States.
Many times as we think about my life, my calling, my purpose, we have believed the individualistic lie from the enemy.
The question is usually phrased something like: “What is God’s purpose for me?” Or “What is God’s plan for my life?”
When I look to the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, I simply do not see an answer to this question. Rather, I see something much greater.
Every person on the planet has an invitation into the mission of God.