Brothers & Sisters,
Over the past two days, I've spoken about struggle and disappointment as the hits seem to just keep coming in regards to my church. Have you ever found yourself at the point where you want to stop everything and just have everyone around you pick one day and come clean about everything and get it out of the way so you can start moving on? That's where I'm at right now.
Admittedly I am having a hard time with the constant negative news about the church. Anyone faithful person that says they aren't struggling with a ton of questions is lying to you. Sure we can all be faithful that we'll come out on the other side of this a much stronger community and organization but here and now this is tough.
When I read the above quote today it hit really close to home. It is true when we giving up that defeat becomes a loss and not something we'll be able to walk away from and not regret. Only when we meet life challenges head on do we ever gain knowledge and end up better off for it. The payoff might not be noticeable right away and it could take years but at some point, you'll understand the trial you went through and how it shaped who you are today.
I think the thing we all have to realize is that it's ok to admit defeat and struggle but you also have to be willing to brush the dust off and move on. Without that perseverence, we're lost.