My brother, Nathan French, hosts an outstanding podcast called Noteworthy (click that link to listen to the episode Should Christians Celebrate Holloween?). You can easily find it on your favorite podcasting platform. The latest episode is something I believe everyone should listen to with an open heart and mind.
You might be in ministry if you have…
…encouraged those who discouraged you.
…loved those who left you.
…prayed for those who preyed upon you.
…lifted those who let you down.
…laughed with those who laughed at you.
…given to those who do not give.
…rejoiced with those who rejoiced against you.
…worked for those who worked against you.
Count it all joy. That’s what it means to be like Christ. Why would we have it better than our Master?
Of course, there are tremendous blessings and rewards as well. Most of them are spiritual and otherworldly. However, I think we set up young aspiring ministers for failure when we fail to prepare them for the realities of ministry. Ninety-nine percent of ministry is not glamorous or exciting.
Make sure you have a genuine calling and unshakable burden before you enter the ministry.