Keep Growing and Learning

Not too long ago, I realized that I have logged in more than 25,000+ hours of sermon preparation and preaching within the last 20 years. On top of that, I have probably logged in more than 15,000+ hours of counseling sessions ever since HMCC of Ann Arbor got started in 1996.

As I was doing the calculations, I had to pause for a second. It is a bit striking to realize that a big chunk of my life has been dedicated to preparing and preaching sermons.

It is easy to think that after doing ministry for some time now, a person has finally “arrived.” But in many ways, I realized that I still have a long way to go. I am thankful for people who are further in the journey than me. As I look at their lives, I continue to be inspired to remain faithful in my calling.

Also, when I look back to my younger years in the ministry, I recognize that I do not have the same level of ability to pull several all-nighters in a row. My physical body is slowly telling me to pace myself for the long marathon of life.

I don’t know.

Maybe as I am slowly getting older, some wisdom is kicking in, and now, I am learning how to do ministry more effectively and reflectively. In my younger years, a lot of what I did was out of just pure passion and adrenaline. Even though I was able to get a lot of things done, I could have done things better.

This is a good reminder for me to keep on growing and to keep on learning as I get older. The generations are constantly changing and different aspects of ministry are expanding. If I stay stagnant or too satisfied in my comfort-zone then I will slowly deteriorate and become ineffective for Christ. I want to always stay hungry.

This is why when I saw this video, it made me think about the years of ministry that I was privileged to experience. The video is a Gatorade commercial where it depicts a 23 year old Michael Jordan playing against the 39 year old Michael Jordan in a game of 1-on-1.

Oh, what it would have been like if the 23 year old Jordan had the wisdom and the experience of the 39 year old Jordan.

Spiritual ENTREPRENEUR, Church EQUIPPER, Leadership EDUCATOR, Ideas EXPERIMENTER & Global EXPLORER who is trying to transform lives and transform the world.
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