As a pastor of a local church there is a consistent spiritual, emotional, and even physical need that seems to come across my “desk” (email, Facebook, etc.) at a pace faster than I can keep up with.
Sin breaks in and causes hurting marriages and hurting parents. Suffering breaks in and fills the church with the horrors of disease, disability, and chronic pain. Sin and suffering conspire to cause deep anxiety, fear, and sadness. In addition, one of the biggest struggles for a pastor (despite the perception of many) is that sin and suffering invade our hearts, lives, and families as well.
Once we finally wrap our minds around all of that, what hope is there that we will actually have the time, stamina, or resolve to focus on reaching our neighborhoods or the nations with the gospel of Jesus?
So, how does a pastor quiet his restless soul in the midst of the restless realities caused by sin and suffering?