Resist Despair

From C. John Miller, The Heart of a Servant Leader: Letters from Jack Miller, Ed. Barbara Miller Juliani (Phillipsburg: P&R, 2004), 56:

One thing that can be hard for a pastor is just the enduring. After you are in the pastorate for a decade or more, you begin to see many weaknesses and sins in yourself, many failures in the ministry, and become increasingly aware of the resistance in God’s people to change. As our insights grow, so do our temptations to increase in despair. As a friend in Christ I would urge you to resist that temptation. Frequently take time to look over the church, your ministry, your family, and give God thanks for each good thing you see. So not only endure in the ministry but blossom with thankfulness and praise.

I’m only nine years in, but I think I may know something of what he’s talking about.

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