Stop Helping Everyone

nonprofit-storytelling-featured-imageNow that I have your attention, one of the hardest things to learn in ministry is discernment.  Discernment is the process of figuring out what Jesus is calling one to do.  You might call discernment “holy decision-making.”  Sometimes discernment calls one to say no to really great ministry in order to say yes to what is really the calling of God.

Christy Wright’s suggestion is to ask:

So what would Jesus do?

Jesus stopped and prayed.

Jesus sometimes said no.

Jesus went away to be alone.

Jesus rested.

Jesus didn’t follow the need. He followed His assignment.

So what does this hard work of discernment give us?

This week, let’s stop trying to be the hero. Instead, let’s pray and lean into what God is asking of us.

We may find that when we stop being busy trying to help everyone everywhere, we will find more energy, joy, fulfillment and success. Then we can focus on the needs we are called to, the situations we are assigned to and the people we are appointed to.

Something to think about

From Discover Your Windows by Kent R. Hunter

A man walked into the pastor’s office and said: “I want to join the church.  But don’t ask me to do anything. I don’t want to be part of any organization.  I don’t want to do any work.  I’ll come to church when I feel like it, but that’s it.”

The pastor replied:  “I see.  Well you’re at the wrong address.  Here, go to this address just down the road.  They have exactly what you want.”

The man left and went down the street until he came to the address which the pastor gave him, and was shocked to find himself at the entrance to a cemetery.

Faith takes action.

Vic Halboth