Success is absolutely overrated. Why? One look at what it has become in our minds will reveal the answer. We actually believe that success in ministry means that everything will be perfect, all the time. That we will flow from week to week and only experience wins along the way.
We like to order our successes like we were reading off a menu in a restaurant. We sit up straight and give our order to the Creator. "God, I will take a main course of mega-miracle growth with just a fleck of suffering on the side."
Some of the sweetest victories in student ministry come in the middle of chaos. Truth be told, we actually suffer through most of our successes. And that is okay. Aren't you glad that God doesn't wait until life is perfect to break through in our ministries?
The truth is, you will experience success and hardship simultaneously.
On November 30th, 2011 my family and I were blindsided by an unbelievable tragedy. Our 13-month-old daughter, Peyton, was laid down for her afternoon nap like she was every day. She never woke up. She is now in heaven. We are left here on earth to pick up the pieces.
We have decided to serve God in our storm. It has not been easy, and I have wanted to quit many times. In the midst of our storm, God has blessed our ministry to students. He is opening new doors and providing financially. We will reach more students in the coming months than we ever have before. We are literally suffering through our successes.
The process God uses to produce success in us can be painful. The product is always supernatural. You will succeed on this path that winds through the darkest of valleys on its way to the highest of peaks.
Stay faithful as you minister to students.