Over the years, I’ve definitely been in ruts when it comes to vision. Here are some ideas to help you recapture vision in your life and ministry.
1 – Spend time in the Bible and prayer
There’s nothing that helps to recapture lost vision than spending time in prayer and the Word of God. Pray. Ask God to help you recapture vision for your life, ministry, and marriage.
2 – Begin dreaming again
Dreams often die or wither away in light of past failures or challenges. Don’t get caught up in negativity and complaining. Don’t let the trivial things zap the life out of you. Begin dreaming again.
3 – Quit comparing
Comparisons in leadership and ministry are fatal. Comparisons with leaders ahead of you cause depression. Comparisons with leaders behind you causes pride to well up. Quit comparisons! God doesn’t love pastors of larger churches more than He loves pastors of small churches, nor does He love larger churches more than He loves smaller churches.
4 – Learn to have fun
It’s important to do things that energize your spirit. Leaders in the church can fall into the trap of taking our ministry and ourselves too seriously. It’s important to laugh more. Learn to have fun. Be grateful. Enjoy life.
5 – Get in better shape physically
When we get increasingly busy in work and ministry, the natural instinctive tendency is to eat more, exercise less, and sleep less. This can lead to being increasingly tired and depressed. It is important to make the effort to stay in shape physically. Improving your exercise routines and diet not only helps you physically, but improves your attitude and ability to do what you are called to do.
6 – Minimize draining relationships.
When serving in ministry, there are people you come across who are so negative that they will drain your emotional energy. While you may not be able to end all of those relationships, it would be wise to minimize the time you spend in those relationships. Don’t be afraid to refer people to professional counselors if they need help beyond your ability. On the flip side of this, be sure to spend more time with positive people. There are great people in your church that you can develop deep and lasting relationships with.
7 – Pray for your community
When you are in a difficult stretch of leadership, it is easy to begin looking inwardly too much and place the focus on what you need or are overwhelmed with. When you pray and ask God for a recaptured vision, begin praying for your community again. Spend time and build relationships with non-Christians. Look for the needs in your community. Begin turning the attitude of your heart outward. Pray for the people God has called you to reach and to serve and you just may recapture vision for your life.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.