Every few days I’ve been sending out a disaster relief update to our Northshore Baptist Association ministry leaders regarding the ongoing work and opportunities to serve in those areas affected by Hurricane Laura. Ways to plug in. Ways to get involved.
But it’s a “long run” effort. And it can get exhausting. There are many discouraging moments. Like much of life. Here’s a note I shared with His people on Thursday evening…
Mission Strategist Update 9.3.20
As the days turn into weeks, disaster relief work has a way of draining all of the resources and reserves out of the persons involved. Organizational errors are made. Frustrations can overflow into tense conversations. People who are hurting can be hurt further by the inefficiencies and inflexibility of well intentioned leaders and groups. It’s just hard. Everyone gets exhausted. What can you do?
- Check your heart. How are you? Are you exhausted? Are you taking care to grab moments to catch your breath before launching on the next task? If your cup is empty, step back and take time to pray and be alone with Jesus. You can’t give away what you don’t possess.
- Rely on His Spirit. Jesus in you possesses a limitless supply of patience and love. Rest in His ability (not yours) to meet the needs of those you are serving. Submit again to His authority and rule in your life. Ask Him to grant you a fresh filling of His Spirit.
- Encourage, encourage, encourage. Look for words and ways to bless every person you meet. You can’t do this naturally… but you can supernaturally!
- Save it for later. Some issues don’t need to be solved today. What went wrong and what needs to be fixed can be addressed between disasters… but rarely during.
Please pray for those who are hurting and for those who are helping.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13
the abundant life is a constant internal supply
flowing from the One who said He came to give it
to the ones who would abandon their overloaded lives
in order to walk with Him daily
through a joyful union and a lingering submission
eyes on Him and cares fading
finding rest then fully resting
as He steps ahead of me into every moment
with me, through me, in me
He is enough
(John 10:10, Matthew 10:38-39, Matthew 11:28-30, 2 Corinthians 3:18)