Ministry of any kind requires practicing self-care, making sure your heart and mind are right before God and others.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
Self-care is not just a stereotypical day at the spa. It can feel quite the opposite at times. It means going to bed at a decent hour so the body and mind can rest. It means spending time meditating on the Word and in prayer. Self-care means you have healthy people in your sphere of influence who speak life over you which includes challenging you when you need to be called up or out on something. Iron sharpens iron for a reason.
Caring for yourself means you are willing to expand who influences you and not just stick with one group of people whom you begin to look and sound like. We want a variety of people (including unbias) in our circle who will teach us or give us perspectives different than our own. If we ever reach a place that we think because we’ve been doing this longer than anyone else around us, we know it all, we are in deep doo-doo.
Everyone brings something to the table. One does not have to be an ex-industry worker to be valuable in this type of ministry. People who think like that are foolish. God ordains. Not man. Man simply says “Yes & Amen” to what God is doing or has already done.
None of us are above any of the facets of self-care. We must ask ourselves regularly some simple but profound questions.
Who is my leader? (Hint, it’s not you!)
What is my motive?
Does agenda drive me or does love move me?
What impression do I leave on those outside of my circle?
How do I treat (or talk about) others in this type of ministry? (Especially if I disagree with their approach?)
Do I regularly do an inventory of self? Do I ask those who know me to go over this inventory list with me or am I too important for that?
Do I spend more time talking or serving?
Do I ask for help or guidance?
Am I open?
Do I sound like Jesus when I open my mouth?
Self-care can be hard, but it is worth what it produces. Challenging yourself in this is one of the best investments you will ever make.