The Blessing of Knowing Your Why

By Denise Alvarez

Have you ever had one of those days when you needed God to remind you why you are doing what you’re doing? You know this ministry is where you’re supposed to be but you feel a little discouraged (overwhelmed, helpless, insert your feeling here).

I’ve been there too, but I want to encourage you that there is a blessing on the other side. It is at these times that we need to take a step back to refocus on our “Why.”

Why am I here? Why are we doing what we’re doing?

By reminding ourselves of the why behind our ministry work, we keep our hearts and minds focused on what matters most. It’s easy to get caught up in the tasks at hand, but without the why, those things really don’t matter.

Here are three of my favorite ways to remember the why behind our ministry:

  1. Write It Down

Have you identified the vision of your ministry? Knowing the vision means you understand the overarching purpose of the work you are doing and the goal you hope to accomplish through that work. After determining the vision, print it so you see it often.

  1. Find a Verse

I loved the idea that many women’s ministries and women have a theme verse or word for their year. So, I began to ask the Lord for a verse that would cast a vision for His heart for and help me to stay centered on Him.

He answered my prayer with 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

This verse helps guide my heart and prayers for in so many ways. What verse helps bring you back to the heart of your ministry work?

  1. Connect With Your ‘Why’

One of the most energizing things I do is to pick up the phone and call our membership of ministry leaders. While I can’t call and visit with every single member, there is great value in having a personal conversation, asking members about their lives and their ministry work.

Consider making a weekly appointment to regularly visit with a woman in your church. Or, if you lead a ministry that serves a particular population, step out of your office and go to the people you are serving. Getting a glimpse into the hearts of those we serve is a sure-fire way to keep the why of ministry at the front of our work.

Notice that each step above begins with an action word. Remembering the why takes purposeful action steps on our part. And when you take those steps, you will reap bountiful blessings as the Lord speaks to your heart and reminds you that you are exactly where He has called you to be.


Denise-headshot2015_110x136About the Author:

Denise Alvarez serves as the Executive Director for, a service of Jennifer Rothschild Ministries. She is passionate about loving leaders well and equipping members of to be the women God is calling them to be.  Facebook   Twitter   Pinterest


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