In Robert Mulholland's book, "Shaped by the Word," he gives this definition of Spiritual Formation: "A process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others." I really like this definition because it really puts things into perspective. Let's just look at that definition a little bit closer.
Let’s say a guy named Fred is attracted to a woman named Martha. He asks her out to a movie. She accepts and they have a pretty good time. A few nights later he asks her out to dinner, and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anybody else.
Ministry is a challenge. How should your time be spent when there is an endless array of good things from which to choose? What should your priorities be? When you say yes to one activity, you must say no to another. A night out with the family means you disappoint the hospital patient who thinks a visit from the pastor is overdue.