Ministry can become something that one gets done by sheer willpower. There is no longer any sense that one is drinking from strong and deep spiritual wells.
This can become deadly.
The demands of life and ministry become intoxicating. Our lives are fueled by an adrenaline rush that results from feeling needed and important.
The pressures of life and ministry can become intoxicating. There is no sense of rest, silence or recreation. Instead, we find ourselves thriving on the pressure.
The appearance of spirituality can become intoxicating. We can put tremendous energy into creating the illusion that we are spiritual people.
This intoxication is deadly.
Maybe the place to begin is by praying that God might nourish and water the parched soul and that the demands of life and the church will not be allowed to take precedence over what is essential to the soul.”