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Good Questions, Lousy Answers

Everybody at the table answered this question with a positive response, except for one person who stumbled over his answer.

“What has brought you the greatest joy in ministry over the last year?”

It is a good question. For the right person, it’s a great question.

That person who stumbled was me.

It might be because I’m rebellious, or I don’t consider what I do as a ministry.  I couldn’t find any joy.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

I find joy in serving. Does it have to be in ministry? Will I be blessed more if I serve in ministry? Will my joy be greater?

Not serving is not joyful for me. Feeling like I’m forced to serve in someone else’s mold makes me grumpy (the biblical opposite of joy).

Writing this journal becomes less joyful when I can’t maintain a weekly writing goal or if ideas don’t feel fresh. I know I’m supposed to manage my expectations instead of trying to live up to the expectations I perceive others to have.

You can’t pour yourself out without being filled up. You can’t continue to serve without being restored.

“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

It’s arrogant to think that just because I don’t believe what I do to be a ministry, other people don’t see it differently.

I'm called to create. I serve by creating, by working, by writing.

What has brought me joy in serving over the last year?

I write and create because I want you to experience greater joy in your relationship with God through your work, to point you to Christ through my work.

When people like you read this writing, you often tell me, “You ministered to me.”

When you send a response to share how what I create impacts you, that brings me joy.

We look for the joy that God gives. Instead, we should be accepting joy from God when what we have to offer brings joy to others.

What has brought you the greatest joy in serving or in ministry over the last year?

It’s a great question. I hope you can answer it with joy.

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