The Grind And Reward of Ministry

I’m finishing up what has been one of the more difficult weeks of I’ve had in ministry in a long time. There will be no details here – too many stories, too many families are in the middle of their own dark chapters.

Suffice it to say…it’s hard. It’s hard to go through the stuff. It’s hard to watch them go through the stuff.

But we pray. We pray for light. Pray for hope. Pray for that whisper from the Spirit that reminds us that He is here. That He is not finished.

It’s hard. And exhausting. It takes a toll. There’s no denying all those things.

But it’s a vivid – and at times harsh – reminder of that this life… it can be cruel, unfair, awful, ugly, and ‘bound to come some trouble’ (thinking of you, Rich Mullins).

I have an incredible aversion to cliché and churchy sayings in general but these moments they move from beyond an annoyance to outright disdain. Yet, I keep coming back to this simplistic song by Rich Mullins…

There’s bound to come some trouble to your life
But that ain’t nothing to be afraid of
There’s bound to come some trouble to your life
But that ain’t no reason to fear
I know there’s bound to come some trouble to your life
But reach out to Jesus, hold on tight
He’s been there before and He knows what it’s like
You’ll find He’s there

Now, People say maybe things will get better
People say maybe it won’t be long
And people say maybe you’ll wake up tomorrow
And it’ll all be gone
Well I only know that maybes just ain’t enough
When you need something to hold on
There’s only one thing that’s clear

I know there’s bound to come some trouble to your life
But that ain’t nothing to be afraid of
I know there’s bound to come some tears up in your eyes
That ain’t no reason to fear
I know there’s bound to come some trouble to your life
Reach out to Jesus, hold on tight
He’s been there before and He knows what it’s like
You’ll find He’s there

I’m learning He is easier to find with others. His church.

And on somedays…most days…that’s enough.

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One thought on “The Grind And Reward of Ministry

  1. “And I’ll praise you in this storm
    And I will lift my hands
    That you are who you are
    No matter where I am
    And every tear I’ve cried
    You hold in your hand
    You never left my side
    And though my heart is torn
    I will praise you in this storm” ~ “Praise You In This Storm” Casting Crowns

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