Auto Pilot

Auto Pilot–(idiom) functioning in an unthinking or reflexive manner.


It is easy to shift into auto pilot in my job. Ministry can be a very draining, and numbing practice. It can take the fire out of you, it can take the feeling out of you. After a couple years of working in ministry, the hardships and trying times people go through fall into a catagory of “I’ve heard this before.”

I hate it.

I never want to become “unthinking or reflexive in manner,” but the truth is, sometimes in ministry, it’s just easier.

How canĀ I keep a tender heart toward my students and people? What would you suggest?

4 Responses to “Auto Pilot”

  • Cindy Beall says:

    I think this is the ebb and flow of ministry. Of really anything in life.

    I hear what you are saying. You want to feel for them, with them, about them. That’s a great thing and it’s necessary. But, in my experience, it may not be healthy for you to operate in that way every single day. It’ll take the life out of you and you’ll have nothing left for those closest to you.

    There are a lot of days where I walk someone through something and I do it without a ton of feeling. They walk away helped and thankful and I walk away not drained.

    So, maybe embrace that auto-pilot for a season? Maybe God is refueling you.

    I don’t know. Just my thoughts. Hope they make sense.

  • Katie says:

    I feel the same way about working at the hospital. We have to remember that it is a calling not a job. It get me through the day to think that I am fulfilling my purpose. God gives me strength when I need it, but. . . not until I need it. Otherwise I would go around thinking I didn’t need him. Hope it helps a little, let’s get together and talk about it sometime!

  • Anna says:

    Cindy and Katie–You, know, I think you’re right. The enemy can get me down telling me lies, that I’m horrible at my job because I don’t “feel” for people anymore. But to be honest, I feel like I’m much better equiped to do more ministry when I can face things with a bit more of an unemotional mindset…

    Thanks for your thoughts!

  • “how can I keep a tender heart…”

    Just remember that love is not always “tender”. Neither is it harsh. But, the Truth sometimes doesn’t feel very good.

    Personally, I think you are very equipped. You have the Holy Spirit guiding you. Will you always hear His voice? Probably not, but He will also tell you when you are “off”.

    Keep walking in the Truth you know, keep learning, keep loving.

    I think you’re doing a great job….but I’m more than a little biased! :)

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