Your Family Ministry
As a guy who has been in ministry for a few years… as a father… as a friend, I want to remind you – again – to put your family first when it comes to ministry. Don't forget.
I went to the park Sunday afternoon with my three little ones. Zion, my one-year-old son, learned how to ride those animals that are on large springs (what are they called again?) for the first time. He was having so much fun and I couldn't stop laughing and smiling. It brought me so much joy!
My two oldest are in high school and I've had the awesome privilege of being both their youth pastor and now, volunteer youth worker at the youth group they attend. But the role I cherish most is father.
Autumn has long had the “pastor's heart” to care for people. She has a tenderness about her and has said that she sees herself either on the mission field or in some kind of social service (maybe counseling) in the future.
Cynthia is an evangelist at heart. She's not ashamed of her faith and has invited countless students to church and youth ministry events. I can't wait to see how her creative gifts will be used by God.
When I look at them, I know that the biggest thing I want for them is for them to live their lives “to the full” (John 10:10). That means establishing and grounding their faith and relationship with God. I pray every day for this.
It's easy to let the emotional pull of student ministry pull you into long hours at the office. It's not very hard to bring home stacks of work to finish up on the sofa in the evenings. The ministry calendar can fill up quickly if we're not careful. And unexpected visits from students with a relationship emergency can happen at any time. All of this adds up. And all of this can take away.
Please. Protect your family. Honor your family. Be there for your family. Love your family.
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