I tend to throw myself 110% into my work as a youth minister. I love that my job involves living out my faith so clearly, and I love to devote the majority of my time and energy into being with teens, planning events, and bringing people to know God. While that all sounds noble and good, there’s always the danger of becoming consumed by my work, and keeping so “busy,” that I miss what God is asking me to do.
Here’s a perfect example. It was a typical evening, I had an event for youth ministry happening the next day and I was scrambling to get everything done in time. I needed to go to the grocery store for supplies, but didn’t get there until 10:00 PM. I hurriedly rushed around, grabbed my things, and as I was leaving the store, I noticed a woman outside. She was surrounded by grocery bags, and was frantically pleading with someone on the phone to pick her up, because it was too late at night to get a taxi. As I walked towards my car, I heard her say “I don’t have another way to get home.” I stopped. I really wanted to get in my car, drive home, and finish up the multiple things I still needed to do for the next day (after all, I said in my head, I’m doing God’s work. *cue the eye rolling I’m sure my guardian angel was doing*) But my heart was pulling me towards the woman. I struggled for a few seconds, and then turned around, and walked back to her. I offered her a ride, and her face lit up into a giant smile. She was really thankful and chatted with me happily all the way to her house, which ended up being very far out of my way. Although at first I saw this trip as a huge inconvenience, I realized I was exactly where God wanted me to be. I also realized that if I had stayed focused on myself and what I thought God was asking me to do with getting ready for my event, I could have totally missed what He was actually calling me to do.
In today’s video, Andy shares his thoughts on exactly that: don’t miss out on what God has for you because you’re too busy — even if you’re doing God’s work! Remember to ask God in every moment to be with you, and show you what He’s asking you to do. Remember to stay rooted in prayer!