Among the Successful Failures
Perhaps that—the hesitancy to be recognized, the desire to be merely another disciple at the feet of our teacher—is its own definition of success. If so, then the context may change, from spotlight to shadow and back again. Christ can speak in either, in the voices of those learning to humble themselves whether they abound or whether they are abased.
Briggs went on to write this in his article for us:
I need regular reminders of my call to faithfulness, not to success. How easily I forget what's important. I still have some major unlearning to do about identity, results, and ministry. I am not defined by what I do, but by who I am. Or, more importantly, to whom I belong.
And to whom do we belong? To one whose ministry included both the glory of the transfiguration and the desolation of Gethsemane. Both the fawning of Galilee and the angry mob at the Nazareth precipice. Both "success" and "failure."
Why would our own ministries look any different?
Paul Pastor is associate editor of Leadership Journal, a writer and grassroots pastor from Portland, Oregon.
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