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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


Four Questions to Keep Your Passion Thriving

Four questions that you might need to ask yourself to make sure you're going to keep your passion. (If you want to keep your PPPD going, Passionate Playful Personality Disorder)

These are great questions all of us need to ask ourselves regularly to make sure that we don’t lose our passion for Jesus, the church, and ministry. Here they are:

1. How much time do I spend listening to God?
  • The challenge in leadership is as simple as listening to God. But in order to listen to God, it takes time… consistent, uninterrupted time. Are we asking God to allow us to see what He is doing in our ministry? What I personally mean by listening to God is, within my spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit to direct my mind toward God as I study and read and pray; and praying that my mind is open to the work that God is doing around me.
2. Am I more concerned with being discovered or being developed?
  • This is a constant temptation for most of us and most other great leaders that I know. You must stop thinking constantly about what other people think of you or your ministry (and stop trying to impress them!) and instead, allow God to develop your relationships with others and Him. Also allow God to develop your character and your ministry skills.
3. Am I believing any lies?
  • It seems every leader believes certain lies throughout their ministries that hold them back, and in fact, admitted to running from some really stupid things in his ministry. Don’t allow your critics to doubt what God is calling you to do. And when you get depressed or discouraged, simply go back to where God found you. There you will find the strength and answers and fortitude to move forward and not give up.
4. Am I risking or am I playing it safe.
  • Leaders must constantly risk. Many pastors, in fact, are one risk away from a breakthrough. Some leaders just take forever to put out there what they believe would be good to say or do.
  • The idea is not to be afraid to fail. Here’s how he looks at leadership: “Take a risk… fail… take another risk.”
  • If your spirit is directing you to do something, do it… even if others think you're crazy.

I thought these were great questions to ask ourselves constantly. Take some time today to ask yourself these questions. If you’re feeling ‘less than passionate’, the answers to these questions will help you get back.

If being passionate and playful is getting you into trouble with someone, just say, "Get over it."

Kyle, Chad, Becki, Charity and Charles