Working With God’s Seasons
by Craig Groeschel – from the archives at swerve.lifechurch.tv
Proverbs 20:4 says, “If you are too lazy to plow in the right season, you will have no food at the harvest.”
In ministry it is so important to work with God’s seasons. Instead of always wishing for the next season, we should embrace the season we’re in.
Here are a few examples of how to work with the seasons:
- If you’re a church planter, you won’t be any more of a real church when you have a real building. Enjoy the ride in portable facilities. You’re in a special season.
- If you’re 50 years old and not naturally a cool person, you’ll look silly trying to act and dress 28. Embrace your season and be a mentor instead of a buddy to the next generation.
- If your church is debt free and strong, don’t pretend like everything you have is for you. During this season, your greatest calling might be to fund the next generation’s vision.
- If you had a singles ministry that worked for 9 years, but is no longer effective, celebrate the 9 years of success. Close it down and do something different. Don’t keep something on life support once its season has passed.
Because I was 28 years old when I started Life Church, I always felt like I was the young guy with everything in front of me. I’m not the young guy any more. (It happened so fast.) Now rather than just building our church, I embrace this season of lifting the next generation to do more than I’m able to do.
How can you better embrace this season?