Dealing with Doubt

Whoever can weep over himself for one hour is greater than the one who is able to teach the whole world; whoever recognizes the depth of his own frailty is greater than the one who sees visions of angels.
Isaac of Nineveh
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Elbert Hubbard

In the past five years," wrote one pastor, "I have wrestled with doubt about my calling and with depression arising out of that doubt. In the depths of these attacks, I become very much a 'people pleaser,' letting others set the direction and priorities of my ministry, working frantically but finding no satisfaction in all I'm doing, becoming more and more drained and discouraged and doubtful. I tend to hide in the office, spending less and less time with my family. I withdraw from reading the Bible, from prayer, from reading of any type, from anything that's just for my benefit."

The pastor who made that statement is perhaps facing more severe doubt than most of us in the ministry, and yet given the difficulties ...

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