It has been 3 weeks since my last blog post. I have to be honest – I hate that I haven’t been able to consistently post here. However, there are times in ministry where it is necessary to choose what takes priority and what needs to take a backseat for a moment. For the past 3 weeks, our youth ministry has needed to take the priority while everything else needed to be pushed to the background. When this happens, though, it’s always important once things settle down, to put life back in the right perspective and try to find a better sense of balance.
Our life the last couple of weeks revolved around a week-long mission trip we took our students on to The Oklahoma City Dream Center at Inner City Church. As anyone in ministry knows, a mission trip or service project is one of the best ways to give your students a change of perspective in their lives. A trip takes your students out of their normal routines and out their comfort zones and forces them to see the lives of other people and how they can serve and reach them with the message and love of Jesus Christ. Mission trips also force us as leaders to get outside of ourselves and remember that the Kingdom of God is much bigger than our personal lives, churches, and ministries.
There are many things I learned from this trip, but the biggest thing I learned and wanted to share here is this – our perspective, how we see the world and the people in it, plays a huge role in the way we live our lives. Naturally, our perspective is based on our individual backgrounds and experiences, but it is so easy to get caught up in our own perspective that we forget to think about God’s perspective and His overarching plan for our lives, our ministries, and His kingdom. It’s important for us to consistently seek His face and His presence so that we can constantly share His perspective as our perspective for life.
God’s perspective is that my life is not all about me. His perspective is bringing salvation through His Son to a lost, broken, hurting, and dying world. His perspective is a beautiful picture of using imperfect people to spread His gospel, His message, and His love to those who are hurting around us. His perspective is always higher, greater, and more complete than anything I can try to achieve apart from Him.
In a world that says, “It’s all about me,” we as StuMinWives need to step up, change our perspective, and lead our homes and our students in a life that says, “It’s all about Him.” My prayer for you is for a perspective shift within your own life that constantly points to our beautiful Lord and Savior.