Be intentional about allowing others to share the burden. That’s good advice not just for Moses from his father-in-law – it’s good for you. Plus, equally important, it builds leadership in others, which could be the discipleship encouragement they need.
Keep the vision ever before you
Our mission is “Leading people to Jesus and equipping disciples in their faith.” It meshes well with my passion for ministry. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.
If ever I was having a bad day, I go back to what I love doing – and what I’ve been called to do. I intentionally lead, nurture, love, equip and help build disciples. It always fires me up to see someone get more excited about Jesus!
It’s true for all of us, but maybe especially in ministry. We seldom know all the good we are doing. It keeps us dependent on God. My guess is you’re doing better than you think you are and I’m sure of this – your faithfulness will one day be rewarded.
(One bonus tip – I also keep an encouragement file. It includes encouraging letters, notes, and emails I have received from people over the years. On bad days, go back and read through them.)
Ministry is hard. It’s even harder when you aren’t prepared. Take some time now and consider how you are responding to the demands of ministry, how you can improve, and developing a plan to address any concerns you uncover.
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