Last year, I took on a new job that easily began to consume my energy, time, and attention. Because of this, I quickly began feeling drained and less ministry-minded. I hated that something was stealing my attention and focus from my top priority. The balance of life and ministry was like a pendulum. I was swinging in from Bible college, ready to be elbows deep in ministry in a new city, but still needed to be realistic about finding a sustainable job and making a living. I found myself in a career that can be consuming at times. Education requires so much of one’s time and attention. I was grappling, trying to find the balance between work and church—my ministry and my job.
I was consulting/complaining to my “iron sharpens iron” friend about it, and she quickly checked my spirit … Read More »
Okay. Let’s be real, guys. Most of us have some friends who aren’t in the church, and that’s great! I know a lot of people who would not be in the church today if it wasn’t for someone reaching out to them and being a friend. We’ve got to plant a seed before we can have a banana tree! (Now I really want a banana). God sees every action we take to be a witness.
Jesus reached out to the loners, the drunks, the oppressed, the addicts, the prostitutes, and the hopeless. He loved. Like no one else can love, but He also had a balance. Did Jesus leave all of His disciples to go hang out in unhealthy environments that would cause Him to fall? No. Instead, He was a light. He encouraged them to make good decisions and … Read More »