The summer before I got married I worked at a camp with inner city children with special needs. I was in a cabin with 3 other counselors and each day we led a group of 6 children through amazing activities in the great outdoors. So I was excited to work with the youngest age group. I also looked forward to the looks of amazement as city kids enjoyed life outdoors for the next week. But I soon realized that having godly focus and perspective while I run this group of kids would help me love them better.
As usual, working with children always requires patience.
But this group proved to try our patience over and over. Six 6-year-olds dominated when it came to making the decisions. While we thought we were going to be their leaders, by the end of the week it was clear who was leading who. We, as counselors, were running after inner city little crazies. We were wiping noses, tying shoes, changing clothes, giving piggyback rides, taking mid-night potty breaks, working through meltdowns and we were exhausted.
One Little “Crazy” After Another
Life in ministry can often feel like running after and responding to one little “crazy” after another. Barely able to catch your breath, you find yourself responding to everyone’s needs, juggling church roles/jobs, and “sharing” your husband with anyone who calls. It’s times like these that having a godly focus and healthy perspective can carry you through.
Hebrews 12: 2-3 says,
“…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, let you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”
Want to know the best way in having a godly focus and perspective?
- Remember, Christ ran a race of faith:
This was such a gift of love…He knows gets it! Christ knows the faith required to keep focus! He was the author and finisher of that very faith!
- Remember, What Christ endured
Our race will never compare with the struggle and battle that Christ endured. Though we willingly serve in full time ministry, Christ willingly served us through the cross.
- Remember, Christ’s focus Joy!
We too can focus on joy in the midst of our race! While an athlete is sore and in pain, the joy of winning and finishing the race we’ll always stay in focus!
We’ve talked about how knowing the course can help you to stay the course. Last week we talked about building endurance and keeping pace are important. Today we talked about remembering Christ. Having godly focus and perspective while I run His race will help me in full time ministry.