As my pastor spoke on Sunday from 1 Timothy 1 about the series of bad decisions that can lead a person away from true Gospel ministry and toward a ministry of self-promotion, I couldn’t help but think of this blog.

How easy it would be for me to follow the breadcrumbs of self-deceit to believe that my writing was actually something I should do simply to convince other people how great I am rather than to tell the stories of every day life that reveal the truth of God’s redeeming work.

So, I’m writing this blog post for myself. You can keep reading if you want, but this post is a bulwark for me to protect me from what it is I am doing here. It’s a billboard of sorts to remind me why it is I write as I pass by here each day. And it’s a standard to help me decide whether or not it’s ever time to quit for the Lord’s sake. Or my own.

How to Make a Mess of Ministry
  1. Believe something passionately
  2. Be fairly articulate
  3. Gain a few followers
  4. Be convinced you are special
  5. Start to make over-confident, self-promoting statements that have little to do with the truth
  6. Start to believe you’ve got all the answers
  7. Become angry when people don’t listen
  8. Strategize for what you would do if you were in charge
  9. Sow subtle seeds of discord
  10. Become convinced that God is on your side
  11. Become intoxicated with the mirror of ministry
  12. Lose your way
I don’t want to lose my way.

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