“I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
"I am the only one left." Ever felt that way? It's easy to feel isolated in ministry, particularly college ministry. Elijah states that he has been "very zealous" for the Lord. When we are busy we tend to neglect those coffee meetings with other ministers. We don't "have the time" to seek out peers to pray with us or share our burdens. Maybe we really don't have time not to.
If we keep reading in 1 Kings, we see in God's answer to Elijah that he is to anoint Elisha as his successor and that he has reserved 7000 in Israel who have not bowed to other gods. Elijah, you are not alone. God knew he needed to know that.
We need to know that we are not alone. Sometimes knowing that others stand with us gives us the courage to keep standing, keep working. And because we are busy, we must be intentional about creating and sustaining a support system and being that support for others. College ministry is unique in many ways and has its own challenges. You need others in the work that can help you navigate those challenges and pray for you regularly.
Do you have a support system? There are likely already some people in your life who could be this for you. Someone outside your church that could be a prayer partner, a sounding board and/or mentor to you. If you are having trouble identifying those individuals seek them out. Find someone who has had similar ministry experience to where you are currently. Ask them to meet you for lunch. Don't count out those who are in another town or another state. The internet can be useful at times, and sometimes the distance helps to create much needed perspective. Seek them out and ask questions. Then consider who might need your support and mentorship. Why don't you let them know you are praying for them today?
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