In my engineering job, I focused on solving problems to create designs. People only complained to me when it was my machine that wasn’t working. I had to spend my time fixing my mistakes and improving the machines that I was designing.
In ministry, people complain to me about everything. The pastor typically knows about most of the problems and conflicts and disagreements and break-ups in the church. You get to see the not so pleasant side of church life. At times it can be overwhelming, but in those times, you have to focus on all the good things that God is doing. I also have to realize that I cannot solve everything. Everyone won’t always get along, feelings will get hurt and people will get mad. My job is to keep pointing people to Jesus, knowing that He is the one that can solve their problems.
Ministry is messy, more so than I expected. But when you see life transformation take place all around you, it makes all the mess worth it.