Time is Not Enough even for a Full-time Worker

It’s already going to be a month since I started working full-time in church. And I still can’t believe, or it just haven’t sunk in my mind yet. The environment is not new to me. The people that I’m working with is still the same. So it really doesn’t feel much has changed.

I remember it was more than four years ago that I entertained the idea of going full-time. There were lots of moments where I prayed and sought God’s direction. Whenever He would tell me it was not time yet, I would just lift up my desire again to Him and learn to trust His way. It’s still not clear to me why he wanted me to wait for more than four years, but I know, in time, He will show it to me.

The past couple of weeks has been hectic for me and I feel I’m slowly adjusting. I’m enjoying my work and feeling satisfaction in what I am doing. There is one major realization for me – time is not enough!

Time is not enoughI know what you’re probably thinking. You’re probably saying that this is not something new. But let me explain to you where I am coming from. Having worked in the corporate world for the past six years, I have always believed in the idea that I will have more time to ministry work when I go full-time. It was hard for me to balance my time when I was still working and other demands in the ministry. It was usually fulfilling, but I have to be honest, there were moments where I just want to throw the towel and accept the fact that I can’t handle all of these things. I don’t know how I was able to handle balancing it for more than two years and I know that it is really only through the grace of God that I was able to manage it. But now that I am working full-time, this idea that I will now have more time is still not happening.

This is what I have learned and I want to share this nugget of wisdom to those who maybe desiring to go full-time, thinking they will have more time to do ministry. Yes, I totally enjoy my work. Yes, there is no satisfaction for me than serving the Lord full-time. Yes, I can totally say that I am able to focus all my efforts right now in the ministry and not be swept away by other concerns in my work. But in all these things, still not enough time to do everything.

That’s why it’s important that even if you are not working full-time yet that you know how to manage your time. That you know how to balance your priorities and learn how to balance when to do work in your company, and when to do the work in your ministry. Time will still fly by very fast and that will not change even if you’re working full-time. There will still be other demands in your life. But if you’ve learned to manage your time already, then you’ll be able to manage your time as well when you’re working passionately for the ministry God has entrusted you. Meaning you’ll be able to balance your time with your family, friends, Dgroup and other personal matters you want to attend to.

Do not go full-time just because you have been convinced that this might give you more time to do the work of the Lord. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, learn proper time management first. And then when the time is right, I know the Lord will call you to serve Him full-time.

This is my desire as I progress in my blog. I want to write more about my experiences and learnings as I serve God full-time in the ministry. I want to share what I have learned in this journey and even the mistakes I might commit in the future. In all these things, I just want to help people have a good picture of what it would be like to go full-time serving the Lord and hopefully, if this is something that Lord has called you to do as well that you may take that step of faith and follow his leading.

I hope I’ll be able to write more entries in the future because time doesn’t seem to be enough. But if there is no new entry, just take the time to read my other articles and let me know what you think about them. God bless you!

An Open Letter to all BOGLS in the Brand New Retreat

The most memorable moment for me during the Brand New retreat was the volunteer’s huddle during the first night. I know everyone was shocked and surprise. I was also. I was trying to keep it in and compose myself. But I was overwhelmed with the passion and love for the people God has entrusted to me. I wasn’t able to look directly in the eyes of everyone until I was able to compose myself from crying.

This is just the longing that is in my heart – I long to share Jesus to everyone but I know that shouldn’t stop there. Discipleship needs to happen. I know (and I’m full of joy) that everyone gave their time, effort and love to facilitate the discussion and consider the interest of your group rather than yours. I know everyone gave their love for the people entrusted to them and shared Jesus along the way. I am grateful for all of you.

The reason that I was brought to tears during the huddle was not only because I long for everyone to have a relationship with Jesus but to also see them grow by being discipled. That’s why the work doesn’t end in the retreat. It is only starting. I have seen, in the many years that I have been in a dgroup and have been a dgroup leader, how powerful discipleship is. I pray that we will all be passionate about this as well.

The world will not go easy on us and them, that’s why discipleship is crucial. It helps us move forward in our walk. It helps us refocus and realign ourselves to God. It helps us grow in our relationship with God. It produces growth, change and maturity. This is a command and common strategy that we have always followed in our church. I believe in it and I believe in you as well.

I do not want to make this long anymore. All I desire is for you to be faithful with your group. Faithfully meet them and faithfully communicate with them. Do not feel discourage if they don’t reply. I’ve experienced that. Just remain faithful because I have seen how the Lord has rewarded faithfulness. The Lord will be the one who will do the work, we are just called to be faithful.

Be faithful as well in having regular dgroup meetings. If it’s hard to find a common time and day where everyone is available during weekdays just make Connect your dgroup meeting. But if you can, meet them during the week and meet them at least once a week. We spend most of our time in our work and a day within a week will make a big difference in helping us remain strong in our walk in the Lord.

You may think that doing all of these things will help the people under your care grow. But let me also share with you because of discipleship I know it will also produce fruit in you. If you are faithful to the great commission, this will help push you to study God’s word and be accountable with your every word and action. There were numerous moments in my life that I was always what will happen to my group if I do this and that. That has kept me in check and has helped me grow in my walk with God.

This will be an awesome journey for you. It was been for me. I have always looked back in the time I started leading a group and have never come to a point I regretted my decision. It brought me joy and it brought me closer to Jesus as well. I pray you find that as well. Just let me know if you need anything from me. If you need training or materials for your group, just let me know. I am here to serve you and help you in this journey you are taking. I am excited for you. I am excited to see the Lord work in your life and see the movement happen in your group. Thank you for volunteering to be a breakout group leader. May the Lord richly bless you.

This is it

It took years before I finally made this choice. It wasn’t easy. It was a series of events that lead me finally to decide this is what I have to do. I’m going to write how it all came together but not for now. This will take time and a lot of effort remembering each moment – some of which are still fresh in my mind.

I hope you’re ready to read that long story. For now, I just want to savor this moment that it is really finally happening. I will now work full-time in the church.

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It’s a big responsibility. I feel it’s even bigger than the past positions I have been entrusted with in the corporate world. But the Lord has always been reassuring me that He is with me each step of the way.

I hope you’ll always remember me in your prayers. I’ll be writing again soon, and hopefully that will be my first entry as a full-time worker in our church.

Lots of changes will happen. Lots of exciting possibilities await.

I’m writing it all down to help those who want to go full-time understand what they will experience and how they will be able to confirm this calling in their life. Some will be able to relate to me while some may not. We all have a role to play in building up the church. Mine is shepherding the ministry that He has entrusted to me – the B1G South Ministry.

I hope you connect with me and follow my post. It will be a wonderful journey for me and I want to share it with you.

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