I'm pretty nostalgic these days. In case you're wondering why, it's because I'm currently reading my sister's manuscript for a book she is planning on having published. Her working title is 100 things I wish my mother had told me. I know, I know, there are a gazillion books out there with similar titles... but this one's special. This one speaks directly to my heritage and it brings back memories of my childhood that have shaped my worldview and my outlook on life.
- Not everyone who starts out professing their commitment to you will stay with you during the tough times.
- If you define success in ministry exclusively by what happens each Sunday, you will quickly determine that you are a failure.
- God is much smarter than me! (Go figure, right?)
- Great preaching isn't the formula for a great church.
- You must commit yourself to doing what God called you to do no matter how many dissenting voices there are.
- God defines success by obedience and not by perceived results.
- God will do what He will do inspite of you and not because of you.
- Pastoral ministry can sometimes be thankless and painful yet incredibly rewarding.
What have you learned now that you wish you knew earlier in life or ministry?