Keeping Perspective and Staying Focused

Running the Race 5.18.15

The summer before I got married I worked at a camp with inner city children that had special needs. I was in a cabin with 3 other counselors and each day we led a group of 6 children (notice the ratio of counselor to camper) through amazing activities in the great outdoors. I was excited to work with the youngest age group and looked forward to the looks of amazement as city kids enjoyed life outdoors for the next week.

As usual, working with children always requires patience, but this group proved to try our patience over and over.   6 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, wiping noses, tying shoes, changing clothes, giving piggy back rides, taking mid-night potty breaks, working through meltdowns and we were exhausted. Many times, we would look at each other, truly drained, and encouragingly say, “Just remember, they’re 6….don’t let a 6 year old get you stressed out.” Sometimes the logic worked, but sometimes it didn’t.

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 a 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 to keep a healthy perspective and focus? Remember Christ.

  1. Remember, Christ ran a race of faith: This was such a gift of love…He knows gets it! He knows the faith required to keep focus! He was the author and finisher of that very faith!
  2. 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.
  3. 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 well always stays in focus!

We’ve talked about how knowing the course can help you to stay the course, building endurance and keeping pace are important and remembering Christ and His race will help you and me to keep a healthy perspective on life in full time ministry. Join us next week as we wrap us this May blog series with Staying Fueled.


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