Part of maintaining long term employment is loving what you do. In ministry it can be challenging. The average pastor remains at a given church between 3-5 years and while I was doing a Small Group Workshop in New Jersey last week I heard that the average Youth Pastor only sticks around for 19 months!
I have spent some much needed time studying my Bible today in the book of John. While reading I came across the following verses in John 3, after Jesus was speaking to the Samaritan woman:
30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him. 31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” 34 Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. 35 “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
What Jesus said is so true. There is something satisfying about doing the work that God the father has created you to do. Despite the challenges we face at times in ministry, even challenges at CCV, there is something that is so thoroughly satisfying about the work that I do. Plus I feel so privileged to be doing it!
Do you love your work? Does it bring you to a place of satisfaction? If not, why do you do it?