Contentment is a spiritual discipline necessary for a thriving life and ministry.
Reading biographies has proven to be a good hobby, a way to engage the time, learn more of the world we live, and be able to converse with many.
Keep in mind that often the reason grass is greener on the other side of the fence is because there is a septic tank beneath it.
To quote a famous advocate of the small town, “Got nothing against the big town…but my bed is in the small town, oh, and that’s good enough for me.”
The key difference between reaching your goals and seeing them fall by the wayside is your system of accountability and regular review.
Finally, relax. Smile. Enjoy the work the Lord has called you to do; that he has entrusted you with.
International mission experiences shape not only our own spiritual growth, but our pastoral ministry as well.
Pastors should not only be outraged by these accounts but they must also be proactive to guard their lives and the church against harassment, assault, and the abuse of pastoral trust.
There are people in your church who do not like you. They certainly do not want to be led by you. You have to be okay with that.
Resist the un-communicated expectation and pressure to know something about everything. You don’t. Nor should you.