Time & Youth Ministry…Part 1

This morning I woke up thinking about time and how as youth workers, we often struggle with time. Every week a sit down and wonder how I am going to do all the things I want to do, need to do, should do, and even what I hate to do. The balance of ministry, marriage, family, and self is complicated. It’s a constant tug or war usually leave me feeling like I’m about to be pulled into the mud pit of Loserville.

Our verse for the month at Crossroads is from Mark 8:34-36 which reads; “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”

While it doesn’t necessarily speak to the topic of time, I can’t help but ask, am I holding my time as my life, saving it, and in the end only losing it?

If we are to pursue Christ with all that we are, shouldn’t that include how we think about and use our time? Absolutely! This week, I want to think about my time and ask the hard question, “Am I pursuing God’s purposes with my time, or am I chasing my own wants and ambitions thus wasting the very time I use?”

If you every struggle with time and how to balance out the responsibilities of self, family, marriage, ministry, and life in general, I invite you to walk with me this week, share your thoughts and comments, tools and resources, as I share my thoughts and what God is teaching me through this verse.

“Father, I need to understand time as You know time. Help me to see how You want me to use my times. Teach me how to loose this part of my life so that I might gain the life You have written for me. And I pray that You would minister to the hearts of those who share this struggle. Speak into their lives as they pursue You! You are God, I am not. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!”

– jay

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