Being a YWAM’er is spectacular, but the life of one can be easily glamorized! Here is an honest look at two of the real challenges YWAM’ers face and ways to overcome them.
1. Finding Meaningful Relationships in a Huge Community.
Whether you’re sharing a room with 50 other girls or living alone with your cat, you have to fight for relationship (with other people that is!). How to overcome:
Romans 12:10 – “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one
another above yourselves”.
Focus on the quality of time, not quantity. Just playing pool and going on adventures around base with your friends without having deep and meaningful conversations isn’t going to cut it. Deep relationships mean deep questions, which includes vulnerability.
Have a giving mindset. A relational stalement occurs when both sides come only to take. When at least one side starts giving and continues to give, it breaks through insecurities in the receiver and a relationship is birthed!
2. Living a Lifestyle of Zeal.
With YWAM being an organization and a large scale ministry, there is a lot of clerical/routine work that needs to be done:
Romans 12:11 – “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord”
Philip and Stephen were two of the men chosen by the disciples for the temporal work of serving tables (Acts 6:5). It didn’t matter that they were chosen for this mundane work because revival followed
everywhere that Philip went, and Stephen saw right into heaven as he was being martyred for his power and boldness with the Gospel (Acts 7)!
Written by Caleb Houvener