5 Lessons I Wish I Knew Before Starting Ministry

I’ve been in ministry several years now, and I’ve learned quite a few lessons. I’ve been really blessed to have some good mentors in my life.

In fact, it seems that every place I’ve been, I’ve found a great mentor for that particular season of my life. Mentors can help save us some headaches along the way if we will listen to them.

What Lessons Have You Learned?

There are some lessons that I wish I had learned sooner or that I wish someone had told me. Here they are (in random order):

1. Not everyone who says they are a Christian thinks or acts like they probably should.

No more explanation needed!

2. Everyone is not going to agree with me or like me.

It’s still hard to imagine someone not liking me. I always thought I was a pretty likable fellow!

3. There will be some days that I will want to quit and do something easier.

I’ve learned that it’s normal to have these thoughts. Jesus had this same thought in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prayed and asked his Father if there was another way. That puts me in good company!

4. I can’t do it all.

It’s easy to want to help everyone, but if we are honest with ourselves, we will realize that we can’t. I’m learning to help the people that I can and let God worry about the rest.

5. I shouldn’t try to be something that I’m not.

When David went to kill Goliath, he tried on Saul’s armor,but it didn’t fit. Too many people are walking around trying to wear some else’s armor that wasn’t made for them. Just be yourself because there is only one of you!

What life lessons have you learned that you can share?  

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My name is Eric Speir and I am a pastor, writer, life coach and an educator. I like to use biblical principles, coaching, practical wisdom and encouragement to help others to thrive in every area of their life.