Friday, June 26, 2009

The temptations of ministry: The three Ps

Just over a year ago, I started this blog. I was full of enthusiasm and daring—the kind of enthusiasm that only comes from an almost complete ignorance of the project you're about to embark upon. I guessed it would be a great opportunity for ministry. What I didn't anticipate is how God would use this new ministry to perform surgery on my heart.

I suspect my experience isn't unique. I suspect that many men and women in ministry—whether paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time—discover uncomfortable truths about themselves. What I learned was that I'm often motivated less by love and a passion for the gospel, and more by what I've come to call the three Ps:

  • pride
  • perfectionism
  • people-pleasing

Read the rest at Sola Panel.


Belinda said...

Thanks for such a great post Jean. I am greatly encouraged with your blog, often! This particular one (I read it all on Sola Panel) stopped me in my tracks, I too struggle with these things daily I love how you came about to 'begin' to resolve these feelings - I may just take a leaf out of your book!

Jean said...

Thanks, Belinda, for your encouraging words!