The other day I was asked, “What do you wish you had known before you went into ministry?”
Here it is: The Mental Battle of Ministry
No one ever told me how ministry would be a mental battle that you face every day.
Things like . . .
- Not being able to sleep at night because you can’t shut your mind off from the counseling appointment you had that day. You wonder if you said the right thing or gave them the right homework.
- After speaking you replay the message over and over in your mind and people’s reaction to it.
- Watching people make decisions that go against the Word that you taught them; then beginning to think back to what you could have done better.
Now I understand why Peter said, “Prepare your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope” on Jesus. (1:13) The battle can only be won through setting our mind on Christ (Phil. 2:5).