I am seriously concerned for the emotional state of our churches pastors. It is not an exaggeration to say that I don’t know of a single pastor who has not considered quitting over the past 6 months. Ministry can be extremely rewarding. But it is also incredibly draining and painful, at times.
If the only power our thoughts have over us is the power we give them, then we need to empower positive thinking and disempower negative thinking. But how do we do that?
Thoughts. Like technology, knowledge, and pumpkin spice, they can be used for good or evil. Good thoughts build up. Bad thoughts tear down. Positive thoughts produce positive results. Negative thoughts lead to negative results.
The story of Joseph (coupled with the entire witness of Scripture) gives us a greater perspective on dealing with the disappointment, pain, and anger of broken dreams.
What do we do when the dream that was birthed in our heart, nurtured in our mind, and developed through depth of sacrifice that few will ever know, lies shattered beyond repair?
Lord, You have always given strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak, today I believe.
Sometimes God speaks to you through His Word. Sometimes God speaks to you through a friend. Sometimes God speaks to you through a still small voice. And sometimes God just speaks to me in the bathroom through National Geographic.
What do we do when the light goes dark? When happiness turns to despair? Laughter turns to tears? God is silent and absent? We need a way of holding on to God when it seems as though God has let go of us.
For whatever reason, the light that once burned bright has become so dim you can barely see it anymore. You’re stumbling around in the darkness. You’re sleepwalking through life, just going through the motions. Nobody else has even noticed. But you have. You’re dead inside.
Winter happens when the earth tilts away from the sun. The “winter of the soul” happens the same way. Something moves, shifts, or turns, and our heart grows cold and darkness overwhelms our soul.