Restore the passion: prayer and service

Staying in prayer is key to staying in leadership. How to pray? Pray with faith. Prayers in the Bible.

My son, Robert, tracks the long punt, hunting to convert a goal.

My son, Robert, tracks the long punt, hunting to convert a goal.

To watch those kids jog during the soccer game made me disgusted! How do they expect to win if they won’t run? If they only play half-hearted?

Then, I saw myself on the field. I was jogging.

Rob faces a dilemma. How do you turn a losing team into a winning team?

Rob faces a dilemma. How do you turn a losing team into a winning team?

A fairly steady stream of withering criticism took the wind out of my sails. When I returned to my sponsoring church after 16 years as a missionary in Guatemala, I threw myself into ministry. Then I started cutting back — why give my ALL when ALL I got was negative feedback? God spoke to me through a State Cup Cal South tournament. Instead of running, I was jogging. How did I expect to win?

I cut the oranges for the kids' halftime.

I cut the oranges for the kids’ halftime.

Handling criticism is no piece of cake. Making transition from head pastor to just one of the guys has not been easy either.

I wanted those kids to run with everything they had. Who cares if they were losing? Who cares if they made mistakes? Who cares if the coach screamed at them? Run — for the love of the game — run! Don’t give up.

It’s pretty easy to see others’ faults. But when I saw my own faults reflected in those kids, it was horrifying. I’ve got to run — for Jesus (not for detractors). Thank You, Jesus, for helping restore me to the intense servant I always was. Forgive me for becoming a mechanical, half-hearted servant. Thank You for showing me to renew my passion for service.

17 responses to “Restore the passion: prayer and service

  1. Thank you for sharing this . . .You have me looking at my service to Him too. God bless you!

  2. thank you so much for stopping by and visiting Ivegotconfidence recently and liking my recent posts. I so appreciate your taking the time from your busy schedule to check it out. And I’m so grateful that the Lord has you doing a good work for Him as well. God bless you bunches!

  3. Really cool way to look at it!!

  4. We all get into a slump in life even the Babe Ruth or Willie Mays did. The Victory is getting out of it thru gut and humility. Personally I’ve been struck down with a impairment called sciatica syndrome and too top it off piraformas syndrome my spelling is probably off base too. These ailments bring pain that resemble a broken back yet I walk twice daily minimum 1.7 miles each time because I refuse to let them beat me down, I have to be my own coach with help from my best friend & King Jesus. I know Robert got hurt again I’m praying for him, he will recover stronger and wiser, amen!

  5. I’ve nominated you for the Leibster Blogging Award ❀ God Bless you!

  6. I want to share this song with you that our 10 yr. old grandson sings in church with a friend. Our daughter is married to a Pastor. We KNOW prayer works! We’ve seen too many results of prayer and there was NO other way to explain it!

    “I Pray” by The Collingsworth Family

  7. Very powerful. As a pastors wife, I get alot of negative feedback which gets my eyes off the race. Thank you for the encouragement!

  8. Everyone has down time and I seriously do not think God or Jesus would be disappointed in you. The important thing is to get back up again – which you’ve done. You can’t do better than that!

    Oh, and keep smiling. That’s another thing you achieve so easily. πŸ™‚

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