Near the beginning of this year in a staff meeting Pastor asked each of us to share something, a passion of some sort that God was putting on our hearts for ministry in 2016. After one teammate shared he asked whether that was something that excited them or just something they felt needed to be done. They responded “both”, but as I thought about the thing God was stirring in my heart at that time, it definitely had not gotten to the “excited about” stage…. YET.
I’m not sure whether it’s lack of experience, fear of what others will think, determination to be self-sufficient, pride, or some combination of all these and more, but recruiting volunteers for anything is not only one of my least favorite things to do, I’m just not very good at it either. However, not only is it ridiculous to try to do everything on my own, I was reminded that it’s unbiblical and goes against what I’m called to do as a leader in the church. Here’s what Paul had to say about it to the people in Ephesus:
(And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
I’m not typically one for new year’s resolutions but I realized I needed to be strategic, determined, and focused on the “why” when it came to inviting others to join me in ministry. Remembering a 30-day challenge I had gone through a few years ago put out by Jon Acuff called “30 day Hustle” I decided that’s what January needed to be for me… a month to hustle… a month to work hard at making this part of my job one of the highest priorities. On one of the first days of the challenge you have to write your why. Here’s what I wrote:
- High schoolers and young adults need and deserve more people investing in their lives and faith
- I can’t do it alone
- My efforts will only be multiplied when I do this!
- God’s Kingdom will grow
- Jesus thinks it’s a good idea!
- Why not?!?
So my mind was set up, I made a small, but what seemed reasonable goal that each workday in January I would spend 10 minutes investing in getting more adults connected with high school students and ministry… just 10 minutes. Here at the end of the month, I must admit that there have been plenty of days I didn’t get my 10 minutes in. However, many days I did more than 10. I looked back and discovered that already this month I have spend 9 hours investing in this goal. 9 hours! That breaks down to well more than 10 minutes a day even if you count days I wasn’t even at work. More than that, it’s sadly about 8 hours more than I typically spend in a month investing in recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers.
And today, I choose not to look down upon myself for what I haven’t done well in the past and celebrate those 9 hours, trusting that God’s Kingdom IS growing because of them, that my efforts will only continue to multiply, and that high schoolers will and already have benefited.
As we wrap up one month and head into next, I wonder what your “hustle” could be this month? For February I decided to pick one each for home and work. For work, I want to spend at least 5 minutes a day praying for one or more of my teammates. At home, I’m going to be intentional about connecting with one friend or family member each day, even if it’s just a quick text.
What’s one thing you can do well, even just for this month, that could impact your life or the lives of people around you? Would love to hear below and maybe we can encourage each other!