Ministers: Always Happy & Distressed

October 17, 2009

Since taking up my new charge, I’ve found the following quote to be true:

“To be a true minister to men is always to accept new happiness and new distress…The man who gives himself to other men can never be a wholly sad man; but no more can he be a man of unclouded gladness. To him shall come with every deeper consecration a before untested joy, but in the same cup shall be mixed a sorrow that it was beyond his power to feel before.”

(Philip Brookes, quoted in R Kent Hughes, Success Syndrome, p147)

One comment

  1. Thanks for posting this. It is nice to see that someone has given voice to what I have always felt. Now I need to read the book.

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