Thursday, May 20, 2010

Balance

Family and Ministry is my life and I couldn’t imagine one without the other.

I’m a Mother first to children who need me in this very important time of their lives. At times I’m not able to focus all of my efforts on the church part of ministry but I know that in this phase of ministry my family is my number one responsibility.

Balancing Family and Ministry is not a one time fix, but it takes continual adjustments, daily communication and consistency between you and your spouse in which also might be your Pastor.

We are all searching for a true sense of balance in every area of our lives whether it be in our diet, our schedules, education, parenting, our marriage, and the work of the Lord.

You will find it is easier to juggle one or the other but in time, with practice, consistency, and prayer you will find a solution that fits and works best for you and your family.

In a world where carrier status, higher education and busy schedules rank over family time and certainly have priority over full time ministry, more then ever it is time for us to recognize what truly is priority.

Never before has there been a time where we as ministry must make a conscience effort that everything we do be put in check. Our time is limited and, because of that we must balance our whole day between so many things that require time. Here are a few ways to keep ourselves in check.

>You must know your limits

>Know how to say NO

>Have a weekly plan

>Communicate

Balance is letting go of the things that aren’t going to matter ten years from now, and riding the waves with the things that do count at the present time.

>God

>Family

>Ministry/Church

Balance is doing the very best you can, and at the end of the day handing it over to the Lord with a sigh of relief.

Sometimes Balance goes to the extreme of letting go and letting God.


Presented to the Austria/Germany "Voice of the the Vision" magazine in this months issue.

2 comments:

Kendra Lynn said...

Excellent article. :)

Danielle said...

I SO needed this today!! It was a great conference this weekend and I left asking myself several questions. I'll admit my priorities have been a bit lazy lately but it is something God has been dealing with me on for awhile now. Big thought has been that Nick and I know that it is no accident that God has brought us back to Bethel...the place where we got baptized and received the Holy Ghost. But what are we here for? What are we supposed to do? What is our ministry cuz we both feel like there is one out there for us? I know you've been there!!! It was great seeing you this weekend!!

Danielle