Posts in Life Experience
Am I Leaving Ministry?

A few nights ago, I started thinking of all the reasons I can’t be a pastor. The small voice in my head became louder and louder. I was again on the verge of dropping out of my MDiv program. I thought what is the use, I could never be a pastor. I could never picture me as a pastor or in ministry. These were lies the enemy was telling me. To combat it, I reached out to a few people I trusted to see if there was truth in the voices or not.

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I'm Transparent, But Not Confident

 I have always been pretty open about my struggles with my mental health. This by no means is a demonstration of confidence. I always have the trepidation of being judged or getting bad feedback from being so transparent. Ultimately, I have seen time and time again how my testimony has helped people. Every so often, I share a bit of my testimony on social media or in a sermon. Every time I do, I have at least one person contact me later saying that they have been struggling with the same thing and it was refreshing to know other people do to. The devil likes to tell you that you are all alone.

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Callused Paws

A callus is a hardening of skin and a callous is to be made hard. Often times, we equate being made hard with negative connotations such as being heartless. What if we rethink what callous and callus means? Calluses can be virtuous and beneficial in growing. Calluses form when we consistently and fervently practice something so that we can endure pain that can come from a good thing. Take playing the guitar for instance. When you first start playing, it hurts. Your fingers burn and tear. The annoying pain alone makes you want to quit, on top of the frustration that comes with first learning how to strum basic chords.

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Ministry Of A Smile

A smile is a walking testimony. It is a walking ministry. A smile reaches people, especially in our individualistic society where looking away or pulling out a phone to circumvent conversation is a norm. With just a smile, I have shared the love of God. With a smile, I glorify God. I implore you to go about your day just contemplating how amazing the God we serve is. Naturally, you will notice that you will just involuntarily begin smiling.

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