What are you giving up this Lent? That seems to be the question most people ask during this time of year. But, is that the right question?
What if there were different questions we needed to ask this season? What if the focus were a little different? What if the questions we needed to ask were:
If you feel drained, it’s normal. Working for the church is draining but it can also be fulfilling. You just need to know how to heal anytime you have been scarred.
While the temptation might be to grab a bag of chips, watch a Sylvester Stallone movie and then eat a bowl of ice cream (Okay, maybe that’s just me), there are better ways to recover from the pain and endure the journey by:
Thanksgiving is over and now it’s that sprint before Christmas. During a time of so much to-do’s it’s easy to dance with burn out and find yourself exhausted. But, what if that didn’t have to be the case?
During our busiest seasons it’s easy to get disorganized and allow the inboxes fill up. It’s during a time when you wonder, “Is this really worth it?” To avoid burnout and really get the most out of this season:
Does your family come first? Take a moment and think about it. I’m willing to bet there have been times when you’ve had to choose work over them. I’m sure there have been those moments where you unintentionally took them for granted.
If that’s happened to you join the club. It happens and sometimes it’s unavoidable. However, if you want to stay in ministry for the long haul you have to learn how to navigate family and work. A few lessons I’ve learned to help me do this are to:
Youth ministry is draining. It can drain you to the point where you wonder, “Why am I still doing this?” That’s why it’s so important to practice what you preach to your students. To do this for the long haul you need PRAYER.
So many youth ministers burn out because they ignore the basics of their faith that they share with their students. If you want to be in ministry you need prayer. And it’s easier said than done because: