Ever had that day where you wonder if you could get a job somewhere else getting paid the same or more in a more beautiful place?
I’ve had those days. I have them more than I care to admit if I was honest. Sometimes I just don’t want to do my role. It might be because I am tired, lazy, am frustrated with politics, I feel broke or I just want a change of scenery.
I was just listening to a Catalyst sermon by Judah Smith in which he challenges pastors to recognize their calling for where they are. We all know the meaning behind the saying that grass is greener on the other side. And sometimes its true, but it’s not where we are supposed to be.
As I listened to him talk about ministering where we are, I began to feel a tug. It was God saying “let go of that dream you have been fixated on”. God was letting me know I am exactly where he wants me to be.
As I began to think about it, I was able to see faces of students who make me smile, and others that break my heart. I was able to see the beauty of the suburb in which I reside. I was able to sense a feeling of purpose and mission to be where I am again.
But how did I get this back, was it just listening to that message. Well, to be honest probably not. But that message got me to praying in which I surrendered thoughts, dreams and attitudes to the Lord. It was a powerful moment of release for me. It was a moment in which a lot of my stresses and pains were lifted away.
I would encourage you that if you are in a place where you are frustrated or tired, lazy or feel burnt out. Surrender it to God. So often we tell students to do that in their lives, but we forget to do it in our own.
Now some people after doing that may still be called to move on or let go of something. But I hope that you are willing to hear the message of a sense of calling to be where you are.
So go, be refreshed and experience the soothing power of relinquishing control back to God. He is in control after all, and it feels good to stop fighting for the steering wheel.
Kyle Corbin has been serving youth as a volunteer or pastor for over 10 years. He is currently the youth pastor at the Bridge Church in North Vancouver B.C. You can follow his blog at: kylecorbin.blogspot.com or Twitter: @CorbinKyle