I'd like to introduce you to Bridget from Becoming a Godly Wife. This is her first time guest posting at Hope In Every Season! I sure appreciate her helping me keep the blog running while I'm off galavanting through the beauty of England! She makes some excellent points about making ministry decisions. Take it away, Bridget!
At our home Church there seems to be a million and one different jobs and missions that one can volunteer for--all of which can be very rewarding. Our home Church is currently looking to fill several different positions, as we do every year at this time. Now, it is during this time that one really needs to be prayerful and careful about knowing one's heart desires.So often I see people (myself is included in this ) who volunteer for whatever is needed without thinking. After all, what is one more task? Many times, those who have too many pots on the stove sadly lose out on the joy that can be obtained from working in a ministry, because they are just too tired and stretched way too thin.
Thoughts To Ponder: Many times, we compare how much we do with how much others are doing. Sally can be part of the women's ministry, run a Sunday School room, care for her family, and be part of the outreach ministry--- so can I. What we seem to forget is that what is good for Sally may not be good for us. So before you go and load your plate, here are a few things you should ask yourself...
- Are you doing it for the right reason? If you are doing it because you refuse to be outdone by Sally, then chances are you are not doing it for the reasons the ministry was intended.
- Did you take time to pray about it? Too many times we agree to do things without talking to God about it first.
- How will this affect your family? Working in a ministry can be a positive thing for your family to see you being a part of. However, I can not tell you how many times I have over-extended myself, and the ones to pay were those who lived in our home. Make sure to take time to talk to your husband to get his point of view on the situation.
- Do you have a passion for it? I love working with children, so I am a Sunday School teacher for our pre-k program. This is where my passion is. However, the teen program is not something I am interested in---at least not in this season of life. So, therefore, you will not see me in the teen room for a while.
Final Thoughts:Make sure all that you are doing is being done to glorify God. In your housework, child-raising and, yes, your Church commitments as well. Before taking on a new role, make sure you are not doing it just because you have to. After praying about the new role and a lot of soul searching, don't be afraid to say no if that is what you feel is the right thing to do.
- Are you doing something your heart is just not in?
- Are you doing something that is affecting your upmost calling as a wife and mother in a negative way?
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
Bridget is a blogger at Becoming a Godly Wife, where she shares her life observations and tries to empower women to be the best possible help mates, mothers and Christians that they can be.