Trusting God with Your Ministry
As I get older, I look back on the things that stressed me out as a teenager.
If I didn’t wake up at 5:30 every morning, I wouldn’t have time to curl my hair. Now? I’m perfectly fine with taking 30 minutes to get ready and wear a hat.
If I didn’t have anything to do on a weekend, I would feel upset and left out. Now? My plans involve a date with the Hallmark Channel almost every Saturday night.
If I didn’t wear makeup every day, I’d be afraid of being told I look tired. Now? I know I’m tired, which is why I’m probably not going to put on makeup today.
What’s my point?
You see, the little things that used to bother me, rarely do anymore as an adult. I’m sure you could look at your own life and say the same. As time goes on, we begin to relax a little bit and simply ease into the flow of life.
This is also a lesson I am learning in ministry.
When I first began working in student ministry, the list of things that stressed me out was a mile long.
I was afraid of upsetting parents.
I was afraid of upsetting volunteers.
I was afraid of upsetting students.
I was afraid of saying the wrong thing.
I was afraid of no one showing up to our programming.
At times, the very things that I feared always seemed to take place. Whether it was an angry parent or an issue with volunteers, the things that stressed me out would come to life, and I would be overwhelmed.
I would pray and pray and pray that God would help me. That He would fix whatever problem was in front of me. And you know what?
He did. He always did.
Maybe not in the way that I would expect. Sometimes in ways I could never imagine. Either way, God always saw me through. Because of this I have come to realize that when a new trial pops up, I can look back at each and every time God delivered me and trust that He will continue to do so.
Friend, I want you to know that the same is true for you.
Ministry can be incredibly overwhelming at times. If you’re not careful, you can find yourself constantly becoming anxious about things that God is willing to handle, if you would just trust Him.
That wayward student? Trust God.
That difficult parent? Trust God.
That frustrating situation you just don’t see getting worked out any time soon? Trust God.
There will come a day where you look back and see that God took care of the very thing you were worried about.
In addition, my prayer is that your level of trust in the Lord is so strong, that you begin to see yourself worrying less because you know that God’s got it all under control.
Relax. Chill out. Trust God.
Whatever it is, He’s got it.
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4 (NIV)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” - 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)