“The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple,t
knowledge and discretion to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.” – Proverbs 1:1-6
I am a youth pastor that doesn’t read his Bible.
I am a youth pastor that doesn’t pray.
I am a youth pastor that needs to learn to do both.
Before you e-mail my boss and tell them how bad of a youth pastor I am, let me explain. I pray and read my Bible, but not like I should. I catch myself believing the lie that the hours I spend preparing a message can replace my personal devotional time. I catch myself praying more for the needs of students & parents more than I do my wife and daughter.
We as individuals (especially if you work in ministry) often get so consumed with taking care of others before ourselves that we don’t feed our own souls. Taking care of our own souls is the greatest gift we can give those around us. When we fill our souls with the Spirit we are able to offer more to others, but when we try to offer ourselves without taking care of our own souls then we are fighting to stay above water.
I admit that I need to spend more time reading the Word, not for the purpose of trying to come up with a object lesson, blog or devotional, but for my own soul. For me to connect with the One who called me to minister to students, families and more importantly my own family.
Take the time today to feed your own soul. Pray to God and ask Him to speak to you what you need to hear. Ask Him to reveal in the Word what you need to read.