“Please, dear God, don’t let me screw up.”
Sometimes I can relate.
Sometimes as a minister, that is the only prayer that seems to sum up what I’m feeling.
When you are dealing with people, their heart, emotions, egos, or eternal destinations…the only prayer that seems appropriate is “Oh God, please don’t let me screw up”.
I try to remind myself everytime before I step out on stage to do my thing, “this is a matter of life and death for these people”. What I do may directly impact their eternal destination. Oh God, please don’t let me screw up!
When dealing with my staff or ministry volunteers, my actions, inactions, or reactions, may have an eternal affect on their lives and/or ministries. Oh God, please don’t let me screw up!
When I am dealing with an un-believer in any facet, what I do or say can affect their outlook on Christianity, or more importantly, on Christ Himself. Oh God, please don’t let me screw up!
It’s not so much fear or doubt, but a deep sense that what I do as a minister, in any aspect of my life, can affect the eternal destination of those around me. If my actions or words cause someone to believe wrongly, reject the gospel, or loose faith in God, I have directly affected their eternal destination. When people look at me, I want them to see Jesus, and Him glorfied.
What we do as Pastors, Church Planters, Christians…is a matter of life…and death!
Oh God, Please don’t let me screw up!