experiences. Once I realized that, I was able
to more easily understand other people and connect
with them, which has affected my ministry greatly.
Rather than walk up to someone and start a
conversation about religion, which isnít always
comfortable for me, Iíve been trying over the last
few years to retrain myself to focus on loving
others where theyíre at. Most of the time, the
best way to do this is just to show up, be there,
and listen. I would definitely identify this
practice as one of my main outlets for ministry, so
I constantly try to make the effort to meet someone
new, talk to the quiet kid sitting by themself, or
engage my friends in deeper levels of relationship
a blessing, and I often find that I learn as
much or more from others in the study than I
have prepared to teach. There truly is
something beautiful and powerful about
believers gathering to study Godís word and
keep each other accountable.
I believe that all types of ministry are
important in their own way, as long as they
bring glory to God, but I think that there
are times when we can only plant seeds and
itís not in our power to water them.
Luckily, we serve a God who makes it His
priority to water those seeds. In the
meantime, I think I, as well as the church
as a whole, have been called to show up, be
there, and listen.