A Word of Pastoral Encouragement

By Danny Kirk

Thumbs UpEver have one of those…a bad day? I have. It seems the older I get, the easier it is for me to be discouraged. I should be accustom to disappointment by now and demonstrate the behavior of a mature child of God. Yet, too many times I do not….I wish I would grow up!

Several years ago, I came across a quote written by a missionary saint of long ago, William Ward. It zapped me right between the eyes so hard that I’ve not forgotten its content. Yet, ever so often, I pull it out and read it again….kind of like a booster shot. Here it is:

Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God. – William Ward

I love that quote…and many times it is exactly what I needed to get up and get going! I hope it helps you today. Let’s be polite to each other…and to God!

Danny Kirk

Danny Kirk serves as Pastor of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church in Florissant, Missouri as well as serving as Director of Missions for the Baptist Missionary Association of Missouri. He's a pastor to pastors, providing qualified coaching to many pastors and church planters on a regular basis. Follow him on Twitter @DannyRKirk.