Key: Discover the root cause.
Life is cause and effect. Actions give you your results. This applies to not only what we do, but to what others do as well. It applies in church, in youth ministry, in your job, and in your personal life. Try to see things through the eyes of the Bible, through the eyes of God, through the eyes of another person to discover the root causes. And remember Isaiah 55:8 – Sometimes we simply don’t know. But ti still never hurts to ask why and you might discover some missing piece, a small change, a different perspective that can change your outcomes.
- What did I learn?
Key to progress
What can you learn about God, about yourself, about others, about your church, about your youth ministry, about the youth as indiciduals. Life is full of lessons about God, about human nature, regarding our own self-knowledge. Mistakes are made, misunderstandings occur, plans fail, but at the same time, success can be repeated, opportunities can be discovered, possibilities can be explored if we can find a lesson to grow from.
- How can I help you?
Focus on the needs of others
It’s easy to get distracted from the real reason we are in youth ministry and focus on events, results, rules, traditions and ourselves rather than focus on the needs of other people. Our ministry is not just to our youth, but to our families, to the church, to church leaders, to our colleagues, to parents, and to our volunteer workers. When we focus on the needs of others and that they are special creations of God, created with a purpose it can make a world of difference. Sometimes we have to see people not for what they are now, but for what they can be through the grace of God and playing whatever part God give to us to nurture that growth in Christ.
- What if?
Free your creativity, new possibilities
A small change in perspective can make a big difference. Many of the conveniences of todays world came about because someone asked “What if?” Instead of looking at impossibilities, explore the possibilities. With God anything is possible. Instead of seeing difficulties, look for opportunities. Instead of seeing struggles, see opportunities for growth. Focus on solutions and you will find them.
- How can this be improved?
Take your results to a new level
Even success can be tweaked for greater success. Contentment is often the precursor to failure. You will only grow as big as your dreams. When you trust God with things that are bigger than you, you’ll find that he is bigger than any success or failure. Step out in faith for even bigger things the next time around!
- How can I show my gratitude?
Thankfulness is key to long-term happiness
We know that all good things come from God. There is a light at the end of every tunnel. There is an opportunity in every difficulty. When everything is great, it is because God has blessed. Give thanks in all things. Whatever we focus on grows bigger in our thoughts. Success is getting what you hoped for, but happiness is found in being thankful to God for what you have.
- What is the best use of my time now?
Refocus on what’s most important,
There are never enough hours in a day to do what needs to be done in your youth ministry or church. But God doesn’t call us to be solely responsible. Each member of the youth group, of the church is a part of the Body of Christ and God divides the work among us. God gives every one of his children a piece of the load of ministry to carry. Just pick up your piece and trust God to deliver the rest.
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