I used to think I was really passionate about youth ministry because I loved serving people and serving the Lord. That's still part of my heart for ministry, but I'm learning something else might be rooted in my heart that actually loves ministry for another reason: because of what it reflects onto me.
I want to feel valuable to people. When I serve people in ministry, often I love it because I feel valuable and my own personal insecurities and misplaced identity are affirmed. Instead, I want to firmly root my passion for serving the Lord in my identity in Christ and in being created in His image.