Have you ever been driving when you were falling asleep at the wheel?
We’ve all been there where we’re straining to keep our eyes open even while hurling down the highway at 70 mph. Moving fast, yet not doing well personally.
I hate to say it, but a couple of years ago I found myself in this place in ministry. I was driving the car at full speed, but I wasn’t well on the inside.
It was so strange because ministry was thriving for us. We were busier than we’d ever been, and it was exactly what we had asked God for. From all outward signs, I should’ve been doing really well.
But I wasn’t. I was waking up in the mornings to just go through the motions of what I had to do for the day. I was barely keeping my head above water. It wasn’t just that I was busy. I was doing it with the wrong motives. I was addicted to the approval of other leaders. I didn’t know it, but I was fueled by internal shame talk.
Spiritually, I was slowly dying. I needed a personal revival.
As God brought me to a place where He started to get a hold of me in a new way, the Word started shouting to me about the importance of being whole and well. See how the Apostle John put it:
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”
3 John 1:2 ESV
As we’ve had the opportunity to work with leaders all over the US and Canada the past eight years, I’ve met so many people just like me. So many leaders with hearts to serve Jesus and build his Church, but who got sick somewhere along the way.
I’m convicted that ministry doesn’t have to be like this. For those of us who have given our lives to serve Jesus in ministry, I believe we can thrive personally even as our ministries thrive around us.
Let me make a bold statement: