I recently saw this video posted on YouTube and it really made me stop and consider what it means to truly be passionate about something.

If you have been in any line of work for a while, you likely have experienced a time when you became somewhat burnt out. Maybe that’s why you clicked on this article, because that is how you are feeling right now. God wants to renew your passion and desire for His Word and for ministry.

Here are 4 ways you can renew your passion and desire:

1. Pray.

God says we can come to Him in prayer, about ANYTHING. This would include praying for God to renew your heart and passion for ministry. Let these verses inspire you today:

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  – Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)

2. List reasons you began in ministry.

One of the best ways to rekindle your passion for ministry is to take time to reflect on why you first became involved in ministry. What were you hoping to accomplish? What made you happy about the position? How did working in ministry make you feel and why? What excited you most about working with children?

3. Connect with others in ministry.

Have you ever been in a meeting or conversation with someone who was full of energy and passion? Passion fuels passion. Connecting with others who are also in your field of ministry is a great way to ramp up your energy level. Here are a few ways you can connect with others in children’s ministry:

4. Get away.

Sometimes taking time to get away, be it at a conference, retreat, or vacation, can be just the ticket to renewing your passion. Maya Angelou, an American poet, author, and civil rights activist once said,

“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

Do you need to renew your passion for ministry? Are you feeling burnt out? Try a few of these ideas and see what God does for you!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

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