By Mark Lubbock
“Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”
Easter is a fantastic time in the Church.
We are reminded of Christ’s rising from the dead –– of spring –– of a fresh start. Why not let this be the start of a “New Year” in both your personal life and ministry?
A wise man once alerted me to the fact that I was spending so much time, effort and energy working “in the ministry” that I was not able to “work ON the ministry,”
The point is I was looking only at what was before me –– my daily tasks, work, and goals. I was unable to look at the whole of my ministry in order to evaluate and adjust.
He offered me some practical steps:
- Begin by taking a break. Stop what you are doing and get away. Free yourself from your routine and familiar surroundings to allow a fresh perspective.
- Make a list of areas you want to improve. Let the ideas flow.
- Pray about the one item on which you want to focus; it may be personal, it may be something related to your ministry.
- Write it down. Make it short and to the point.
- Make this your number one daily priority.
- Do something each day until you see results.
Eastertide is a perfect time to review and implement these steps. This may be your opportunity to make a course adjustment that will ensure you reach your personal and missional goals this year.
Mark Lubbock is a certified men’s ministry specialist and a deployed staff member of the General Commission on UM Men