#10. Don’t Take Yourself, or Your Results, too Seriously.

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What you are doing in ministry is 100% experimental no matter what you may say to the contrary. I’ve been doing outreach for decades and I am more philosophical now than ever. I can see clearly that it’s all practice.

Sometimes our evangelism outings go phenomenally well. Those times seem to be anointed as if Jesus Himself was leading things. At those times the Holy Spirit seems to oversee even the minute details. Then there are the other times—when chaos reigns. From the outside, it is difficult to discern the difference between these two outreaches. In each case, plans were carefully made. Both were bathed in prayer. There seemed to be an equal amount of sincerity on the parts of the leaders.

To our eyes, there are vastly different results from these two outreaches. One seems blessed while the other seems like a wash. One seems like an answer to prayer and the other is what most would consider spiritual warfare.

God is at work in the calm of answered prayer AND he is at work in the chaotic settings that drives us batty. It is difficult to weigh our surface responses too heavily. God just might be at work in the negative one even though you are not all that happy with the result. Don’t rush to judgment. He is up to something amazing no matter how you feel.


Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.


  1. I think I am coming to realize this and the reality of continuing to just preserve in obeying Christ. Running the race that is marked out for me, even with the emotional roller coaster. The challenge is seeing the table that God (Ps.23) has set up in what may look like a valley or challenging event/time.

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