Ministry is determined character. If my character is weak and pathetic and drifts around according to whatever then so will the ministry.
I plant a garden and hope it will grow without any real care to the basics of things that are important. Fruit and plants will come but not the abundance or quality that there is potential for.
I don't want to keep producing pathetic plants in my own strength. I want my relationship with God and my character to be the focus of my life and the rest to be an outworking.
Relationship is key -- first with God, then the others will be right.