the Monday Morning Debrief: reflecting on the fruit

This past weekend I had the tremendous honor and priviledge to perform a wedding for some former students of mine.  It was great to be there and marry this couple I have known for about 10 years (they were not a couple for that long, but I met them both individually about 10 years ag0).  Furthermore, it was great to celebrate with so many old friends and families. Overall, it was the highlight of my spring being apart of this amazing wedding.

How does this apply to ministry?

Do you ever sit back and reflect on the fruit of your labor?  This isn’t meant to be in a boastful, prideful way of “look what I’ve done”.  But it is a way to look at say, “look what God has done”.

In ministry it can be so easy to look at all you aren’t doing and all you should be doing and forget about all that God has done.  This summer I will have performed 5 weddings.  Of those 5, 4 are from former students who I have connected with.  To be asked to perform weddings for former students is such an honor for me.  In many ways it shows me that God allowed me to make an impact in their lives for the kingdom of Heaven.  What a great honor.

So right now, TAKE A MINUTE and just reflect on the fruits of your labor.  What has God done in your ministry?  My mentor once told me that he tells volunteer leaders when they leave ministry that if they impacted just 1 life, they have made a difference.  In the same way, I tell you, no matter how many or how few people you have impacted, if you have impacted just 1 person, you have made a difference.

Thoughts, comments, questions, suggestions? Post something so that we can all learn from each other and benefit.


Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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