How do you keep your ministry from becoming a job instead of a calling?

There are several keys to maintaining an attitude of calling toward my ministry and career. I have to know I was called in the first place. There’s no doubt in my mind, and that helps. I was content and successful as a university professor before God made it clear to me that I was to move on. Seeing God in my choice to move across the country and begin Celebrate Kids, Inc., reminds me that what I’m doing is more than a job. Let’s be honest – I need to do my job, but I want it to feel like more than a job. I have the career I have, as a public speaker and author, because of God’s choice and direction and the passion He’s planted in me.

Staying focused on God is essential. Therefore, I choose to find my joy in Jesus and not in the ministry and I strive for faithfulness and not fame. If I didn’t, I have a feeling my ministry would soon feel like a job.

Reviewing my ministry’s mission statement, reflecting on it, and stopping to praise God for every opportunity He gives me to fulfill it, helps me maintain an attitude of calling. Hiring men and women who are called to Celebrate Kids, Inc., is a key, too. I can’t afford to be surrounded by people who just need a job. They could bring me down to their level.

The dictionary defines calling as “an inner urge toward some profession.” I can relate to that because I can’t not do what I’m doing. Celebrate Kids, Inc., is always on my mind. I’m either thinking about the present, planning for the future, or reflecting on the past. Some people live for the weekend. Not me! I live for Christ and I’m grateful for the meaningful ministry He called me to.