Do you remember the saying, "you can never have too much of a good thing?" Well, in some instances, that can spell disaster, particularly in ministry.
We are a society that believes the larger the initiative, and the more you do, the better. But in many cases doing more means achieving less. An increased number of events and doing things on a grander scale gives us a false sense of effectiveness. This type of thinking extends beyond secular culture and has infiltrated the church and various ministry organizations as well.
Many people who serve in ministry feel overloaded and fatigued. They go from one big project to the next. They are spread thin, and their leadership suffers. Instead of undertaking a few high-quality ventures that spur transformation, they crank out program after program that has minimal impact, leaving them and their people tired and overused.
More+Bigger DOES NOT EQUAL Better!
You can be a relevant church or ministry organization without overloading your team members and your calendar. You can be dynamic and impact people with the Gospel without saying yes to every opportunity. Just because you could...doesn't mean you should.
I know what you may be thinking. "But we do a lot of good things!" I do not doubt that you do. But even too many good things can lead to burnout and overwhelm.
We will run on empty and decrease our impact if we are involved in and advance everything we recognize as "good." Too many things, even good things, can be a detriment to your ministry, let alone to your soul. Too many good initiatives crammed into your schedule can steal your joy. Too many good things can make you run around like crazy, too many good things can take a bite out of your marriage and family, too many good things can keep you from having quality time with God. Too many good things can derail you and dilute your effectiveness for the Kingdom.
If we want to model well for others how to share life and the Gospel, we need to do a few things well and create plenty of space and margin. Creating margin within our day or week is not irresponsible or a waste of time. Creating healthy rhythms is wise. It's in the cracks and crevices of unplanned time that we are renewed, relationships are nurtured, Jesus is shared, ideas are sparked, and God is heard.
In what ways are you continually chasing the pursuit of more? Where do you need to scale back? What few things can you do well?