Ministry to most people is about having a pulpit to preach from and a group of people who holla right back at you. Contrary to popular opinion, ministry has long been redefined by the 21st century and its challenges. Gone are the days when ministry was all about church and in church. Today, ministry transcends every industry and facet of life.
Let’s get things cleared up before we go on. If you’re in the fashion industry, media, Education or whatever and you are saved (have a relationship with Jesus), then you are in ministry. It really doesn’t matter if it is an NGO fixing water and sanitation issues in Ikorodu or a team providing access to Education for young girls in kogi state, or a fashion/make-up house proving skill acquisition opportunities to other young people.
It’s sad if you’re doing these and don’t know that you’re into ministry. This is because you are like a farmer on his field who is ploughing the ground with eyes half asleep. The farmer wouldn’t do it properly.
If you already know you’re in ministry as a believer in the capacity you’re serving mankind and contributing to make lives better? KUDOS!
Here are a few things you might not know about yet
1. Everyone won’t believe in you
It’s okay to expect every Tola, Hawua and Ada in your life to believe in you but it’s quite an unrealistic expectation. Some people would eventually do after they’ve seen your works and the impact you’re making and there are others who just wouldn’t because they just wouldn’t. They could be close friends, parents or anyone you love and respect. Don’t let that make you give up. Simply focus on your objectives for serving in that area and keep going. We seek God’s applause not everyone else’
2. You won’t always feel appreciated
I love it when people say, “Princess you blessed me” but sincerely I don’t wake up in the morning on “appreciation hunt”. Graciously receive appreciation and thank those who appreciate you in return but never make appreciation your drive. You won’t last if you did. Besides, God is the employer and He appreciates you and will reward you on earth and in death. Stay focused.
3. You would feel alone sometimes
You might be privileged to have a barrage of support at the start. Don’t let that fool you. It’s really your journey and not theirs. You would have to make bold decisions alone, face ugly giants alone and run for a bit alone. How we handle these moments will determine if we finish strong or not. Always remember that the vision was given to you. The burden was placed in your heart. The instruction was given to you and like most leaders you will sometimes have to stand alone. Be courageous. You must not fail God or the people you serve in moments like that. Keep in mind that Jesus never abandons us. He is always there helping out even when we can’t feel his presence.
4. You don’t know nothing yet
Yeah I know that sounds rude right? I’m sorry though but honestly honey; take a look at your life. Five years ago you thought you knew much and your head felt full with knowledge right? Have you noticed how some or most of all that can’t be compared with what you know now? You have more information, better exposure and strategy on implementing your set goals. Now I need you to realize that what you know now is nothing compared to what you need to know so never stop learning. Intentionally commit to learning something new about your area of service/ministry every day. Humility doesn’t mean you should deny that you know a bit; but then still see what you have as never enough so you can grow as much as possible.
Read: 7 Shades of Folly
5. Never despise small beginnings
As young people we often can’t wait to have the big platforms, the big connections, popularity and all the glamour associated with “big” things. What we may not realize is that real things don’t go big overnight. Be faithful where you are. Give your best in proportion with the capacity and resources that you presently have. Don’t be bothered if no one appears to notice you. The most important thing is you’re making impact. What seem like little today would be big tomorrow if you stay committed.
6. Comparison Kills like Virus
I’m on different lane than you. Don’t ruin your joy by matching your results against those of others. We all have our place in fixing the challenges of mankind. The pretty thing is, God doesn’t reward size, He rewards faithfulness/commitment. So don’t let comparison make you bitter and resentful. It’s never worth it.
7. Make Mistakes but don’t make mistakes
What are you saying Princess? Should we become overly cautious not to make mistakes? Hmmmm, no dear. However, you still need to be careful. The effects of some mistakes can ruin your chances forever. There are things that cannot be undone once they happen. So don’t live like you have an extra life under your bed. You have just one so make wise choices, avoid acting on impulse, investigate people and groups before you commit to them or collaborate with them. Don’t think every invite is an opportunity to grow big. Some are traps in disguise. Scan your associations. Never ever give yourself to anything or anyone without verifying what they truly represent.
Committed to your Fulfilment
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