Outlasting adversity in Ministry
Stay Strong When Ministry Gets Tough
If thou faint in the day of adversity thy strength is small (Proverbs 24:10)
Adversity helps us grow, in God and in character and also in our endevors. Adversity is a not a destroyer but a confliction of opposing values, which when sorted out reap a handsome reward to the robust and diligent.
In life we as humans tend to focus on things what we are building, rather than who and what we are becoming. God therefore uses adversity to set the balance right and make us more than able to do the task in the long run.
What we do during times of conflict determines what we shall become when we emerge from it. Take a look at how you react during the struggle and you will see who you really are.
Take Criticism as a Compliment
Take criticism as a compliment. Take opposition as an opportunity to evaluate your growth. Your critic unknown to him, is paying you a compliment by making his views known. Rejoice!, your work stirred something up even if it was his anger and disappointment in you. Criticism proves you’re good at your work, even if your critic tells you, “your junk!”
Criticism is valuable, without him you may go broke. If on the other hand you dont want criticism hide, yes hide, put your light under a barrel and hide. Then everyone will leave you alone including the rogue critic
“Your critic is valuable, don’t fear him rather reward him”
Employ him, we all should employ a critic to help us see trouble. Make a new friend out of him, after all, a critic will give you more attention than many so called friends, who say nothing and never visit.
Welcome to new friends online!
Accept the Lows to Navigate the Highs
Every career has its peaks and valleys. It’s supposed to! Peaks help us celebrate and enjoy the reward while the valleys help us realize what’s unproductive and temporal. The bad times are necessary to find your way to the summit. Accept it!
What’s gone right in your life is not because of the success you’ve made but because of truth you’ve discovered, when you were in the hole.
Celebrate the hole, it will help you enjoy the summit.
Be Enlarged By Those Around You
Godly friends provoke uncommon thinking and cause a man to experience the uncommon life. We all need godly friends.
“Who are your core group thought leaders?”
If you’ve hit a brick wall it may be partially due to the fact that you lack connection to thought leaders around you. We all need provokers, leaders who challenge our ideals and set us higher ones to get us out of life’s ruts.
“If you want to do something of value build your value group and seek their minds on great ideas”
People don’t quit because of a lack of talent rather they quit because of a lack of value in what they are doing. They feel folks don’t understand their mission and therefore. hold over time a low value of their workValue and meaning go together, so too does valueless and pointless. Valueless becomes pointless when appreciation is absent. If what I do has no value to either you or me then it becomes pointless.Having folks in our life who are value contributors add meaning to your work. They contribute ideas and more than anything support you in difficult seasons.
Focus on the Oak tree
As a teenager I worked on a farm and went to agricultural college. Ploughing was a part of my training. At one end of the field would be a row of oak trees. Our goal was to plough a straight furrow and to do that we would have to keep our eyes fixed on the oak treesThe principle is true in life and ministry. If you want your work to stand out you have to keep your focus on the oak tree.It represents a preset goal. Don’t let the hardness of the ground deter you, neither the struggle of ploughing a straight line. Let the oak tree guide you and the one that planted it there before you came along!Paul.Your ability to handle the tuff stuff depends on whats of real value to you and the price you are willing to pay to get to the incredible.
God Hath Spoken
The book of Hebrews reveals that the old in type feasts and shadows reveals the Jesus in the New. Declaring that in both “God” has spoken! (Hebrews 1:1,2)
The Sanctified Pulpit
Mark the perfect man and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace (Psalm 37:3