My husband has worked in a full-time ministry role with a non-profit for 15 years. It’s crazy to think he has been at it for that long. It has been a journey full of many blessings, amazing friendships, and incredible experiences. At the same time, it has also been full of seasons of hopelessness, hurt, feelings of betrayal, and loss of income.
The pace of this calling is never really slow and the needs never go away. It can be really difficult to stop and process all that we have coming at us on a daily basis. If we aren’t careful, we can very quickly become unhealthy ourselves. When I think back to our 15 years of supporting and working in this calling, I can think of 4 books that have really helped us navigate through this tricky calling.
Money and minsitry is a hard thing to balance. Our journey in this area has been really hard. A few years back, we fell into The Dave Ramsey Show and never looked back. Out of all the healthy things we’ve done in our marriage, getting out of debt is at the top of the list. This book is super practical and full of great common sense thoughts on money and debt. It restored hope in an area of life we had given up on. It has given us a greater passion for goal setting, pushing ourselves to work towards the "impossible" , and work TOGETHER towards our dreams.
My husband says he could listen to Henry Cloud’s voice everyday. His words in this book are timeless and useful for those in any career or life stage. A great discussion about our resonsibiltites TO people and FOR people. Practical thoughts on how to take proper care of ourselves so we can serve others better.
I picked up this book during a really dark period a few years ago. It was life saving for me and gave me practical ways to process and heal from some big hurts. It still sits on my shelf in the living room. I pull it out from time to time when those issues of hurt and uncertianty pop up. A must read.
4. 168 hours
Non-profit work is never really over. It always seem like everything can be urgent. It’s really hard to plan and work ahead. Taking a day off can be a really hard thing to “fit in” to your schedule. When you have a job with unstructed time, time can become your biggest enemy This is a book I re-read almost every year. It can help us create boundaries to live a balanced life.
What books have really influenced your life and calling?