I have heard it said that the ministry would be easy, if it weren’t for people. Of course, that is said tongue-in-cheek. Without people, we have no need of the ministry. After all, the point of God’s ministry is to proclaim the Gospel to the world and to help, or minister, to people. Jesus died for people. I am a “people”, and I know I that there are times when others have to love me in spite of my faults. They must look past a lot of shortcomings to find the good in me, so I should certainly do the same for them.
Because I dearly love many people, it hurts when they get angry at me for something I believe. It hurts when they turn their back and walk away. My husband is a “PK” – a preacher’s kid – so he has a thicker skin than I do, not to mention a lifetime of ministerial experience that I do not have. He’s been involved in ministry work for 32 years already!
When I began this journey of service for the Lord with my husband 12 years ago, my Mom sent me a copy of a poem she read in a daily devotional booklet. She thought it would help me, and it did. I have had it on my refrigerator ever since. The devotion was entitled “Live Right Anyway!”, and that’s just what I sometimes have to do. I have to “live right” regardless of others’ opinions or actions.
At the end of the devotional is this little saying:
“The world crowns success, but God crowns faithfulness.”
Loving my faithful Savior,