Ministry can definitely be draining.
I recently planted a church in Pasadena. We launched March 26th! It has been an incredible journey of God's faithfulness, but I am not going to lie. It is hard! I came from a staff of almost 75 people at a "mega-church" and now it is just myself and the Lead Pastor. To say my role expanded is an understatement! Leading worship is only a small sliver of my job. I am the social media manager, the volunteer coordinator, the event planner, the marketing assistant, the "I need to turn in a permit to the city for an event" girl... the list goes on.
I am learning a lot. Like A LOT. But in the midst of the busyness of church planting and doing ministry, I have become spiritually dry. I have found myself doing church and not seeking the God who invented church. I have been going going going, only to find myself distant from the One who called me to it in the first place.
So how do you get back to seeking God?
I read a scripture today that really spoke to me...
Matthew 6:28-34 (NIV)
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Seek first HIS KINGDOM and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Before all of the to-do lists and the have-to's, we are to seek God. A timely reminder for me today. I don't need to worry or carry anxiety because God knows exactly what I need. He has me right here, right now, planting a church in Pasadena with one other staff member. He has provided and will continue to provide. He has equipped me for the task at hand and will continue to do so.
Today, I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. God will take care of the rest. I encourage you to do the same!