Too often people find a new job, house, friend, or spouse, only to discover that the problems of the previous one followed them. Happiness comes not by changing the scenery but more often by changing our perspective.
We don’t like pain, dark questions, and life’s tensions. But it is one of life’s great ironies that personal growth and happiness are often a result of journeying through the tough times, not avoiding them. Shortcuts and Band-Aid solutions only repackage and prolong our difficulties.
If you minister to others, and you want to know what it takes to make a greater impact… if you want to see people transformed… if you want to multiply your efforts… It’s possible! Here’s what I discovered.
Personally, I know how challenging it can be to minister. Whether you are launching a new church or working in a foreign country or supervising people in 4 countries, I’ve been there.
And the pace is speeding up. People are more spread out. It is hard to keep up. I thought if I could just work smarter, more efficiently, I could see the ministry impact I hoped for. There were just too many needs and too much to do.
“Recruit others to join you,” was the advice I received. I did. The administrative load multiplied with each new teammate! Soon I was busy filling out forms instead of building into the lives of others.
Developing myself and others to be effective in ministry turned out to be my biggest challenge of all.