The uncertainty of your job. The relentlessness of Sundays. The challenges of dealing with difficult people. The difficulty of balancing time with your wife and kids and the demands of ministry. The attacks of culture on our faith even when we are supposed to be spiritually disciplined. The reality of your own sinfulness and shortcoming. The press of supporting your own while avoiding the pull toward materialism. The pressure to promote and publicize events with energy regardless of how important you might think they are. The creeping anxiety about the immediate future. The frustration of people not understanding what you do. The member who believes all of your time is her’s. The person who seems to thrill at raining on your every parade.
Does it ever just get old?
Yes, yes it does. So remember - there are more on God’s side than you will ever see. There are more in your corner than you will ever know. You are more people’s hero than will ever tell you. There are more people who love you and respect you than the evil one would want you to realize.
Yes, yes it does. So remember - the reward comes at the end, it is not calculated in gold or silver, it does not come with a certificate or a private parking place, it is richer and fuller and more satisfying that anything this world has to offer.
Yes, yes it does. So remember - The Word says to be stedfast, unmovable and to abound in the Work. The Word implores you to preach the Word. The Word instructs you to fulfill your ministry.
Yes, yes it does. So remember - you are God’s man, doing God’s work and God is proud of you.
Yes, it gets old - BUT the life lived for God is new every morning and His faithfulness is great!