We have probably all been asked the question, “If you were stranded on an island what three things would you take with you?” We name different items that might help get us off the island, a spouse, or a friend, maybe a good book, or something else along those lines. Today I want to ask you just one question for you to reflect on, “If you could go back to when you first started serving in the ministry what one piece of advice would you give yourself?” For the person who always asks to be able to have for one more item to bring along on the island or for a second piece of advice please understand this is hypothetical I don’t really have a DeLorean for you to ride back in time with Michael J. Fox to tell yourself something important, also for the person stranded on the island don’t worry you are probably already dead…didn’t you ever watch LOST?
So what is that one piece of advice that you would give yourself? For myself it would be don’t find your identity in what you do (ministry position) but find it in whom you belong to (God). In the beginning so much of myself was wrapped up in if I met a certain goal then God loved me more…now I might not have verbally said this but I could feel it. If I bombed a talk, didn’t meet my goal of teens at a youth event, or didn’t get a certain amount of adults to be leaders then God was not proud of me anymore. I would go back and remind myself that God loves me and the ups and downs of ministry will never change that (still have to remind myself this from time to time). What about you? What one piece of advice would you give yourself?