Encouragement for the Shepherd’s Heart

Dear Minister,

Please keep your head up. Stay clothed in the armor of God and filled with the Holy Spirit. You’re doing the best you can to follow God’s leading, and serve people. Ministry is very difficult sometimes. People are people. As

Tending the flock.

Tending the flock.

ministers of the gospel it’s easy to get discouraged when things don’t go your way, or people are dissatisfied, or gossiping, offended, etc. As human beings ourselves, we have emotions, doubts, fears, insecurities, and all we can hope for is that we are pleasing the Lord. You cannot please everyone you minister to or come in contact with. Unfortunately, ministry comes with a lot of burden and pressure. It is not always easy. As a matter of fact, it’s more difficult than many other professions, because you’re trying to reach out to every man, woman and child; but the majority of the time we’re not sure if they’re being receptive or not.

In regards to any incidents that may come your way, I would just say try to let it roll off your back. Sometimes things just have to be what they are. The important thing is that you are trying to do work that is pleasing to the Lord. That’s the most important thing: you are being obedient to God.

Sincerely,

Understanding

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