A brief excerpt from my latest book, 5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them.
Thomas Kelly, a twentieth-century Quaker, died the day a company discussed publishing his essays. Fortunately a friend followed through and those essays were compiled into A Testament of Devotion. Kelly succinctly captures why we need to heed Jesus’ offer: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
We live our lives in “an intolerable scramble of panting feverishness.” This easily can overtake us with the demands ministry brings. With sermons to prepare, plans to develop, people to disciple, and seemingly not enough time, I sometimes have to tell myself out loud, “Slow down.” When I’m caught up in a frenetic pace, ministry frustrations often loom larger than they really are.
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 Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion (New York: Harper & Row, 1941), 124.