Working in ministry isn't easy. If anyone ever told you that, you should kick them in the shins. Or better yet, let me do it.
But in all seriousness, it's one of the challenging and yet most rewarding things I've ever pursued. And I don't even work in full time ministry. I think I'd lose my mind if I did.
And if there is one thing that the Lord has really been trying to teach me lately is that sometimes, you just have to walk away from certain situations, or sometimes even people. It's not that you don't care about it or them, of course you do. But sometimes you have to realize that you have done all that you are capable of doing. And believe me, it's not easy walking away.
I've found myself in the middle of that very scenario. I have a group of students that I have been pouring into for the past seven months. There is a lot of brokenness among them and a lot of bad choices that have only furthered that brokenness. And for far too long I have acted as if I can repair all that brokenness on my own and that I can keep them from making bad choices on my own.
Some of them, I've made incredible progress with. Others make me want to slam my head into a wall. There is nothing more frustrating than watching a student that you know is capable of being so much more than they are allowing themselves to be.
I'm not walking away from them. I'm not. I love them far too much for that. But it is time for me to love them from a distance for awhile. I've taught them what I know to teach them. Now it's time to see how receptive they were.
It's hard watching people you care about continue to make bad choices for their lives, knowing that all it will do is end in heartbreak. It's even harder knowing that you won't be able to prevent that heartache.
My encouragement to you today is this: You can save them.
Whoever they are.
Whatever their story.
You can't fix them.
And good news, that's not our job.
Our job is to love them. Right where they are at and try our best to guide them to where they need to be. But we can't make that happen.
They have to choose it.
They have to want it.
Sometimes it takes walking away for them to realize it.
Love them enough to let them go.
And have enough faith that they will come back.
Be encouraged today. And be that agape love to someone in need.
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Until next time,