Ministry is service-oriented. I’m not talking about worship services, I mean serving other people. If self-promotion and ambition is at the heart of our desire to be on the church platform, it will eventually cave in and leave you [and potentially many others] damaged in the process. Remember, the world is a deeply broken and fallen place – relying on it’s standards to set the bar for your self-worth is a really bad idea [I’m reminding myself of that as much as anyone else]… 

“The great paradox of life is that those who lose their lives will gain them. This paradox becomes visible in very ordinary situations. If we cling to our friends, we may lose them, but when we are non-possessive in our relationships, we will make many friends. When fame is what we seek and desire, it often vanishes as soon as we acquire it, but when we have no need to be known, we might be remembered long after our deaths. When we want to be in the center, we easily end up on the margins, but when we are free enough to be wherever we must be, we find ourselves often in the center. Giving away our lives for others is the greatest of all human arts. This will gain us our lives.” – Henry Nouwen. #creativeworshipideas

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