- How would Jesus think in your current situation? He wouldn’t judge, condemn, or jump to conclusions. He would pause and pray to the Father. Remember, during the most stressful times before His crucifixion, He still made time to go off and pray.
- Your words in your response are critical. Are you responding in love and truth? Jesus always responded in love; it was His only agenda. Examine yourself and your agenda before responding.
- The presence of Jesus (in us) as we minister to others is key. The world doesn’t need more of me. It needs more of Jesus. In the words of Henri J.M. Nouwen: “The question, you see, is not to prepare but to live in a state of ongoing preparedness so that, when someone who is drowning in the world comes into your world, you are ready to reach out and help. It may be four o’clock, six o’clock, or nine o’clock. One time you call it preaching, the next time teaching, then counseling, or later administration. But let them be part of your life in God—-that’s ministering” (“Time Enough to Minister” in Leadership).
- Look for more opportunities. Don’t burn yourself out saving the world, but don’t be a couch potato either. Selfishness is doing nothing for others. Burnout is over serving even if your intent is pure. Practice self-care. Balance is key as life with God is a journey — not a race.
Copyright 2019 Jason D Weirich
About the Author
Jason is the founder of Java and Jesus. He loves Jesus, coffee, his wife & two children. He enjoys helping people experience freedom in Christ. Java and Jesus is a resource and not meant to be a replacement for the fellowship & community that one experiences in a church. Blogs, podcasts, & spiritual direction are a few of the resources that are offered by Java and Jesus.