Ladies who lead: do you ever get that panicky feeling?
The one that makes you feel like you’re not doing enough and you’ve become completely inadequate in ministry?
The thoughts go something like this:
Do you see what that ministry/church or women’s group is doing?
Why aren’t you doing that?
They are so far ahead of you–you’d better hurry and catch up!
If you don’t stay plugged in to every possible form of social media, your ministry is down the tubes, Girl!
You’d better blog more!
You’d better get a book written and published soon or people will completely forget about you and probably think you are not even relevant anymore!
AND, most importantly, get yourself to one of those conferences across the country! Those women are connecting without you and you will never fit into their groups if you don’t meet them face to face: and you know what that means…your ministry is done! Caput. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…give it up…your ministry can not thrive if you are not going to pour your every last minute into it.
Please tell me I’m not alone with these thoughts. Please…please…don’t leave me sitting by myself in the lunch room, Girls! Tell me you’ve dealt with these things too.
And yet, I dare say, we all know better.
But sometimes we just let those voices scream in our heads until we cry “uncle” and run to the Reese’s Cups for comfort.
Girls, let’s get our focus on!
God does not push, He guides.
The pushing is either the enemy or our own insecurity. Usually the latter.
My feelings of insecurity can send me reeling down a path of busyness that leads to complete burnout if I’m not careful.
The only way I have found to stop this vicious cycle is to pull my head and heart back to the Father. Remember that the most important thing about me is that I’m His daughter and He loves me deeply. The things I do don’t define me. His love for me defines me.
All ministry should be an outflow of that love and relationship. It should never be the foundation for our lives.
So if I never blog again, or write a book, or end up at one of those conferences, it’s okay. That does not bring completeness in my life. His love does that.
Ephesians 5:1-2 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love. (NIV)
You are a dearly loved daughter, walk in that love today.