Matthew 16: 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
Anthony De Mello asks us to consider the difference in satisfaction between doing something that makes us feel good, and something which gives us kudos in the eyes of the world.
One of the pitfalls of ministry can be forgetting that we are serving God, and thinking that we make things happen, that we are achieving things. The times that I find I get most stressed are just those times – the times when I forget that it is God who is transforming the parish, that it is God who gives the growth.
I know this – I have been around the loop often enough to know this, and yet there are still times when I find myself falling into the same trap.
When will they (I) ever learn!