Do you pray? Are you engaged in the practice of other spiritual disciplines? Are they central to your ministry and efforts? Or are they something you turn to when no other option remains?
These questions are not meant to be condemning or an attempt to sound like a spiritual elitist. I know I'm guilty of not praying, fasting, etc., as much as I could (or should). I think it has something to do with the kind of schedules we keep - often quite busy, yet consistently inconsistent.
College ministers, like most other kinds of ministers, can easily fall into the trap of living lives filled with the 'doing' of ministry, while neglecting to 'be' an intentional Christ-follower.
Again, strong words - I know, but what I mean is that we can get so wrapped up in doing all of the things that we are called to do as pastors and servants of college students - really good stuff like:
- leading worship services
- leading Bible studies
- counseling students
- sharing Christ
- facilitating service and mission opportunities
- investing in student leaders
- investing in professional staff
- watching the budget
- caring for facilities
- preparation - for ALL of the above
- and the list could go on and on and on...
that we then allow ourselves to schedule over the time that we should be focused on tending to OUR own relationship with Jesus (the 'being' a Christ-follower).