Monday, November 10, 2008

Give Me a Break!

It seems that we have become more immersed in church events than in ministry. While ministry activities are nice and provide fellowship, if we are becoming weary and overwhelmed with impossible itineraries, we must stop and review the Kingdom commission. Dancers used to complain about serving as "Christmas, Mother's Day, and Easter" additions to the program. Now the complaint is that dancers are expected to dance for every worship service, anniversary, prayer breakfast, church outing, birthday celebration, special auxiliary event, and so on.

Leaders should be especially cautious of overworking dance ministry members to the breaking point. Different dancers have different life situations. A single dancer may have more availability than married ones. Those with children may have less extracuricular time than dancers without dependents. A balance should be reached so that good stewardship is maintained both at home and in the church. If there is a need for additional help, dance ministry supporters may be needed to fill in the gap during crunch times.

As dancers, it is also our responsibility to know when to accept an assignment and when to say no. Zeal often entices us to agree to more tasks than we can effectively accomplish. When we falter or miss a deadline, we may be perceived as undependable and untrustworthy, even though our motive may have been to help. If we do not exercise wisdom regarding our committments, we may find ourselves suffering mentally, physically, and spiritually. In order to maintain peace and ministry health, we must all do our part to wholly dedicate ourselves to the Lord.

Nehemiah 4:10 (NKJV)
Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.”

1 Samuel 30:10 (NKJV)
But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.

Isaiah 50:4 (NKJV)
“The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.

Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

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