The saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”, is a common one; however, when the going gets tough it can also create opportunities to reflect on our true motivation for doing what we do.
When life gets tough and I’m thrown “curve ball” after “curve ball” and I feel like I’m in over my head, two things tend to happen: 1) I don’t sleep because my mind tries desperately to process everything. 2) I have several conversations with the Lord which tend to go something like this:
Me: Lord, Why did you call me to THIS? I can’t do this!
The Lord: I know. Trust me.
Me: But God, I don’t know what I’m doing!
The Lord: I know. But I do.
Me: But God, I’m so incapable of dealing with this.
The Lord: I know. But my strength is made perfect in your weakness.
Me: God, it hurts so much to see what people go through. Why did you call me to THIS?
The Lord: Because you love them. You will them, like I love them. Because you care for them. Because they are MINE and you love and care for them because they are mine and because I love and care for them.
Me: Oh, yeah…
Many times I find that God just calls me to love people, not necessarily to use all the gifts and abilities He has given me. There are numerous situations that arise which do not fit the skills and knowledge that I have, but God still calls me to those situations to love people any way I can.
I do not have all the answers or solutions for Children’s Ministry or Family Ministry, I have a mind and I have a love for people and a passion to see them walking with Jesus, which propels and motivates me even when I don’t have answers or the going gets tough.
It is the love of Christ which compels me, and motivates me to keep going, through good times and bad, and to keep saying “Yes” to the call He has placed on my life. Love which moves me with compassion, which causes me to give of myself. He has called me because I love deeply and care greatly for those entrusted to my care. This love is what motivates me and keeps me going.
For me: When the going gets tough, the tough get LOVING!