Tonight as I organize my prayer closet, I am taking note of the compartment for “My Heart/My Passion” where I typically make notes about the ministry to which God has called me. My entry says, “Eliminated some tasks that were not for me at this time.”
Lately, I’ve been bombarded by requests from others in ministry to join various initiatives that are really attractive to me, and I’ve been playing with the idea of jumping in and helping. After all, I’ve got some great ideas and insight into those things that could be really helpful to them. Oh, I could really shine! Well, that is what I tell myself. I also tell myself how much “they” NEED me, blah, blah, blah…Truth is, the only thing that I need to do in order to shine for Jesus is be obedient to what God has called me to at this moment.
It is because of this truth, that I wrote out everything that I am working on and have been asked to work on, and crossed out everything that was not directly related to what God is doing in my ministry right now. I love ministry work, but if I say “yes” to everything, I will be ineffective in those things that have been assigned to me.
For instance, I am on staff at my church, so everything that pertains to that position, must stay on my ministry to-do list. God has opened a door for me to finally publish my Prayer Closet Organizer, so I must be faithful to the assignments given to me for that project. All the other ministry opportunities that do not fit into my areas of current responsibilities are removed from my to-do list and my mind (very important!). It was hard to part with some things, but I am now confident and more focused to move ahead, in the direction of where God is leading me.
Do you have some projects that need to be set aside in order to better focus on your assigned kingdom work?
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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mom and the Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. If you would like to schedule Gina to speak on prayer or host a prayer journaling workshop, click here for more information. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.
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