Ministry in the trenches can get ugly. It's personal. Deeply personal. There are days when I feel like I am walking in mud.
Like I'm not making a bit of progress.
Big dreams, big ideals and little results.
Sort of frustrating. As I've climbed and forged ahead, I've discovered there is one thing that makes the difference. One thing that pushes me on and encourages me. It's my ability to have focus.
I have A.D.D. I'm distracted so easily. It cracks me up how easily I'm distracted
(though I don't think others find it quite so funny). Ministry is full of distractions.
I am bombarded with the needs of others.
My nursery director is upset because people aren't showing up on their scheduled weeks. My Lead Pastor is concerned with the noise coming from the hallway after Sunday School. Parents are upset because their kids didn't receive the lead in the Christmas program. Oh, there are also the financial constraints of ministry....did I mention that there's no money to do what I want to do? Oh, and the church down the road that is huge is able to offer so many awesome things that I can't, Oh, and...........
I become so distracted. I find that losing my focus in ministry is so easy. Is it even possible to maintain focus while living the rigors of ministry day in and day out? Yep. I'm reminded, "being confident of this, that He who began this good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil. 1:6)." Even on days of distraction, the Lord wants me to focus on the vision.
"Then the lord replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on the tablets so that a herald may run with it. (Habakkuk 2:2)"
You and I, friends, are the heralds. A herald knows the vision, runs with it, and proclaims it loudly.
In order to write something down, it must be concrete. Is your vision concrete? Do you know it? Can you describe in detail where your ministry will be three months from now? Five years from now? When I'm distracted, I will focus upon my concrete vision.
A herald is not quiet. On days when I'm tempted to become distracted and lose focus, I must remember that it's my job to remain focused. I'm called to focus upon the vision and proclaim the vision loudly. In the midst of the battle, my role is to charge the enemy head on and proclaim the vision that God's given to me loudly. I cannot be quiet. I will charge those around me to carry the vision to those to whom we minister. It propels us forward.
Run with it! Many things can deter a runner. Don't let the day to day happenings in ministry distract you.
Set your eyes on the finish line (the vision coming to be) and run with all that is in you. Focus on the prize.
Don't let ministry A.D.D. cause you to lose focus. Focus upon your vision. Time is of the essence and the very souls of families are at stake.
What do you do to maintain your focus in ministry? Do you................................."squirrel"....................