You are either CONSUMING or BEING CONSUMED
When you are Consuming, you are taking in needed energy. You are replenishing what you’ve given out to others in the name of Jesus.
When you are Being Consumed you are giving out energy. You are doing the work of leadership; of ministry.
(Note: In my experience, ministry leaders like yourself find themselves more often at the “being consumed” end of the spectrum)
You are either SUCCEEDING or FAILING
When you are Succeeding, you are seeing the fruits of your labor. Or perhaps, fruits or no fruits, you have that sense that you are still within God’s presence and faithfully pursuing His call on your life.
When you are Failing, it’s no fun. You’re dealing with the problems of ministry leadership. Peoples’ quirks, questions, and quits. You work hard just to bring yourself to ground zero. All the struggle – none of the fulfillment. You know God’s present. You just don’t sense Him.
How These Play Out
Consuming and Succeeding – a pretty sight to behold. Watch the over-consuming though. Ministry gluttony is painful in its own way.
Being Consumed and Succeeding – okay, but watch it. Your adrenalin may be intoxicating and you’ll hit the wall.
Consuming and Failing – okay, but not ideal. Stick with God in these times, whether you see Him or not.
Being Consumed and Failing – seek help NOW.
To respond where you are on these 2 spectrums would be difficult. Life is dynamic. The purpose of this post is simply to help you understand ministry leadership from a certain angle. As you re-read the post, allow God’s Spirit to speak to you. Perhaps He’s trying to get your attention about a change or slight adjustment in your life rhythm – especially over the holidays.