When you are in ministry, the days can be long, difficult, lonely and challenging. People throw darts at you. People talk about you instead of to you. The enemy tries to discourage you. Your leadership is questioned. Your intelligence is questioned. You will be abandoned by people you love. You can feel totally alone and abandoned…sometimes even from God. All of which causes you to question your sanity! Why would anyone do this? All of this is natural for anyone in leadership…especially in the church. Most of this, I have gone through repeatedly at different seasons in my life as a minister for over 22 years.
If you are in the ministry. If you are a volunteer ministry leader…if you are a church planter…you are totally normal if these feelings hit you and if these things happen to you. If this is you, let me give you some encouragement that God gave me today from His word. It is found in Hebrews 6:10:
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.