The Devil's Ferris Wheel

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In 2019, my mentor shared a personal, childhood story about a trip to the amusement park with her father. It was a moving story of how they had gotten stuck on a ferris wheel, and ended up having to climb it ruined her view of the fun they were supposed to have that day...and how they ultimately had to "start over" and begin their day again.

Last night, when I was considering what I would share in my blog today, this story popped into my mind. I'm not going to share HER story, but something that I believe can minister to everyone in any kind of ministry...

>>> Get Off the Devil's Ferris Wheel! <<<

This is a simple concept, to be honest...nothing you haven't heard before. But possibly, hearing it in a different way can be of help to you.

Let's begin with a few qualifying questions...

  1. Do you hit the ground running on most days, with only a few minutes to spare in God's Word and prayer?

  2. If you DO have time to spend in God's Word and prayer, do you finish up with a satisfied "sigh" that you accomplished it today?

  3. Are you involved in multiple ministries?

  4. Is it very seldom that you attend a service without having some kind of responsibility?

  5. Do you have a hard time saying "No", when a ministry has a need?

  6. Are your days so full that your Sunday School / (any ministry) study time has to wait til the last minute?

  7. Does your mind feel foggy and overloaded?

  8. Are you mentally and emotionally exhausted?

  9. Are you even physically overdone?

  10. Do you have a hard time keeping up with regular household and family responsibility?

If you answered "YES" to even one of these, this blog post may help you. :D

First a disclaimer: In no way, do I think I have this all figured out! In fact, I am preaching to myself as I write today. LOL I can answer "YES" to most of the 10 questions above. But because I can answer "YES" to them, I believe the Lord sent this reminder to me, so that I can work to make the changes I need to make.

So, let's chat...

Life sometimes seems to be a hamster wheel, doesn't it? And yep, I said "hamster" wheel, not "ferris" wheel for a reason. Hamster wheel is the term we've always heard that signifies running and running and running aimlessly! It never seems to stop. There's not much point to what goes on with a hamster wheel, except to maybe give the little guy some exercise! :-P

If we aren't careful, life can end up being that way. We run and run with no aim or goal in mind.

On the other hand, we can also get caught up in a "Ferris Wheel" life. Let me explain...

Along with our busy lives, the Lord has called us into a ministry. This ministry has beautiful views, friends, laughter, enjoyable times....we have goals and visions of what we are going to do, and how it is going to work out.

But if we are stuck on that wheel, going round and round and round, we can get sick of it, even scared, frustrated...and not enjoy it at all! We can lose our focus - our goals and vision.

Having laid out that picture for you, let's look at what I mean by "The Devil's Ferris