Preacher's Blog

Preacher's Blog

“When Everything Else Fails”

Categories: Christian Living, Encouragement, Joshuah Ellis, Preacher Life, Psychology, Theology

 

Hitting a Brick Wall

Several years back, I experienced burnout for the first time. I was sick of my job. Nothing I was doing seemed to be yielding any fruit. I didn’t feel that I was growing. I didn’t feel that any good was coming out of the effort that I was putting in and I became very frustrated. It seemed as if my lessons were going in one ear of the members where I preached and out the other. Why was I doing this? Why bother working on these lessons if they are not going to accomplish anything?

Unfortunately, as a byproduct of my mindset, I noticed myself becoming very frustrated with the membership of the church I was working with. My mind quickly moved from grace to criticism and decided to put down roots. Then, no effort on their part seemed good enough. My mind was made up and I hit a brick wall. After all, everything else to that point (at least in my mind) had failed. I am ashamed to admit it, but I had checked out.

 

Not Alone

I will venture a guess to say that I am not alone in this. As Christians, I wonder if we have all felt as if we have hit the proverbial brick wall in our service to God. Maybe we too have put forth effort in the Kingdom only to feel that it has translated to little or no real result. Unfortunately, that can really do a number on how we see other people. In my case, my mindset belonged to me exclusively. However, I projected my perspective, at least for a time, onto the people around me. Identifying this in ourselves is key, but what do we do afterward? How do we fix this?

 

The Answer

The answer to this is simple. I wish I would have applied this to my situation much sooner than I did. The answer is love. See, God commands us to love (Matthew 23:37; John 13:34). The fact that this is a command for us tells us one very important thing: it is a choice. God doesn’t expect things from us that are out of our control. We are not told to feel a certain way by this command, but to behave a certain way. So how do you behave love? Paul gives us some insight into this in chapter 13 of his first letter to the Corinthians:

 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

The Action

So if you find yourself feeling that you have exhausted your options and nothing seems to be working:

  • I have invited my co-workers to worship and they refuse to come.
  • The person I am supposed to be studying with keeps canceling on me.
  • No one appreciates what I do for the church.
  • I am kind to my peers and they are still hateful toward me.

Remember that when all else fails, love. Love by action and not by emotion. Take Paul’s advice and engage in behaviors you can control regardless of what others are doing. Be patient, kind, humble, polite, considerate, empathetic, encouraging, truthful, enduring, hopeful, and steadfast.

 

You can control that!

 

Finally, remember that our call is not to results, it is to faithfulness. 

 

 

If you are interested in being on our mailing list, please click here

 

Comments

  1. cialis for bph canadian pharmacy cialis cialis pastilla

    by Jvwxclask on March 07, 2021 at 2:54am.

  2. cialis for bph canadian pharmacy cialis cialis pastilla

    by Jvwxclask on March 07, 2021 at 2:52am.

  3. Hello this is somewhat of off topic but I was
    wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you
    have to manually code with HTML. I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge
    so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    by cialis online without rx on March 07, 2021 at 1:13am.

  4. Engineering [url=http://engine-tips.com/]Engine-tips forum[/url]

    by CoreyGap on March 06, 2021 at 8:05pm.

  5. tadalafil review c-tadalafil tadalafil 20mg

    by Jbvdpully on March 06, 2021 at 7:22pm.

  6. tadalafil review c-tadalafil tadalafil 20mg

    by Jbvdpully on March 06, 2021 at 7:20pm.

  7. vidalista tadalafil cialis tadalafil 20mg price research tadalafil

    by Jbvdpully on March 06, 2021 at 6:58pm.

  8. vidalista tadalafil cialis tadalafil 20mg price research tadalafil

    by Jbvdpully on March 06, 2021 at 6:55pm.

  9. Great advice. Thanks a lot.. https://withoutshort.com

    by withoutshort.com on March 06, 2021 at 6:45pm.

  10. mexican pharmacy online medications pharmacies on line pharmacy

    by Nndounurl on March 06, 2021 at 6:06pm.

  11. mexican pharmacy online medications pharmacies on line pharmacy

    by Nndounurl on March 06, 2021 at 6:04pm.

  12. cialis dosages when will generic cialis be available generic cialis online

    by Fgsdpully on March 06, 2021 at 5:53pm.

  13. cialis dosages when will generic cialis be available generic cialis online

    by Fgsdpully on March 06, 2021 at 5:50pm.

  14. Point well taken.!

    by paper writing on October 08, 2020 at 10:11pm.

  15. Howdy! I just want to give you a huge thumbs up for your great information you have got right here on this post. I am returning to your web site for more soon.

    by Averyxxqz on October 08, 2020 at 6:10pm.

  16. It's remarkable in favor of me to have a web site, which is useful designed for my knowledge.

    thanks admin

    by cialis 20mg on October 05, 2020 at 2:45am.

  17. It's very effortless to find out any topic on net as compared to books, as I found this piece of writing at this web site.

    by Kristinavtpo on September 26, 2020 at 12:57am.

  18. cephalexin 500 mg for dogs

    by cephalexin 500 mg for dogs on September 16, 2020 at 11:39pm.

  19. Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam feedback? If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it's driving me crazy so any support is very much appreciated.

    by Zoniadqnv on September 16, 2020 at 8:02am.

  20. Brother, you are not by your self in burnout. But there is the same concept involved with many church members. I would really had a dropout after being forced out by a preacher who saw me as a threat to his position because I was trying to persuade the congregation that we needed Elders. He of course had clout I did not, you know the boy who grew up in this congregation and did not have credentials. But, I was very fortunate to find a blog where all could communicate with others on any subject without being castigated. Sadly that blog master passed away but his family is keeping all the communications in tact. Check it out oneinjesus.info 8 and 1/2 years he posted daily over 3000 posts and over 5000 email subscribers 2000 readers per day. We reviewed a book, "Church Refugees" which discusses some of the problems that all churches are experiencing. Check it out I believe that you will be able to relate to much of it.

    by Larry Cheek on January 09, 2018 at 9:29pm.

Displaying 651 - 670 of 670

Page 1 2 3 9 10 11 12 13 14