In ministering to young women, having patience is so important. Patience will speak volumes when you can’t. I find when I’m patient in ministering, grace flows out more freely; a grace to minister, a grace to trust, a grace to give of myself.
We all try, even with the best intentions to do what we think will make us possess powerful capability in our area of ministry. Often all that we end up doing is wasting precious energy skipping steps that are necessary for our journey. For all the times I’ve tried, when I execute patience in my ministering, I am so much more successful and feel so much more fulfilled.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is slow down and rest in God’s grace. Instead of rushing to speak up first or striving to succeed to the next level, we can rest and be patient and in turn give him room to be exalted.
These days it seems success in ministry is filling a building or having the coolest outfit, but we all know that success is measured by lasting change in people. Unfortunately, the trend in youth ministry is to attract young people by being stylish and qualities like patience are hardly ever mentioned while celebrity status is glorified.
I have to let you know that I’m writing this wearing skinny jeans and drinking Starbucks, listening to quirky music on my shiny white iPhone. So, before you think that I’m anti-2012, let me set the record straight: a good pair of skinny jeans never hurt anybody! But skinny jeans won’t help me reach people. The testimony of God’s patience and grace in my life is what will draw a young girl to freedom.
One day you will see the eternal reward of every minute spent thinking about a student, praying for her family, or bonding over a Frappuccino. Some of our fruit will not be seen for years, but patience will bring us what we hoped for, what we dreamed, fasted and prayed for. The grace (through patience) that you pour out will water the seeds you sow in a young girls life. Don’t get discouraged! Give it time. It will bloom!
As women in ministry, we are united by the same heart and fueled by the same desire to see women, young and old, living as God intended- full of joy, peace and an eternal perspective that drowns out the world’s opinions. Through every girl we pour into, through every prayer, every encouragement, every moment we spend with them, we conquer!
Sadly, our skinny jeans will be forgotten, but our patience will be iconic.
What an honor. What a privilege to watch young women grow, to show them scriptures they’ve never seen before and teach them how loving and kind God is…and oh yes…patient.
“We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so that you will have all the endurance and patience you need.. “
Bethany Curry | Celebration Church | Austin, TX
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