For Those Disheartened in Serving
“It’s easy to become disheartened in our serving, when we face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Leaders become weary and exhausted amidst changes and forceful pushback. More than one are asking the question, “Why keep doing this?”
“We would not, at first thought, naturally reason that a time of struggle, suffering, or pain is also a time for singing, especially when God seems absent and hidden. It can almost seem cruel to suggest that a hurting, disillusioned soul should sing. Crying, wondering, and groaning seem more fitting. But singing?”
“Real life was never intended to be a race to power, influence, or wealth, as if the prize of significance is only won by the most talented achiever and everyone else is just a runner up (which is a nice way to say loser). Real life is not a reality show. It’s a gift.”
My Story: Finding God’s Grace Sufficient in a Messy Relationship
“It was then I realized, I needed to accept this relationship for what it was. It would never be what it could’ve been, but by God’s grace, it was more than it should’ve been. It wasn’t what I had envisioned reconciliation looking like for us, but at least it was something.”
Who in the World am I Preaching to?
“The clarity of my speech will matter, the integrity of my exegesis will count for a lot, the fervency of my prayers is crucial, but self-consciously thinking through who I am addressing can easily slip from the list of priorities. In this post I want to suggest that this is a key mistake, and one which can act as barrier to effective communication from the pulpit.”