Ministry is wearisome. Excellence is wearisome. Everything is wearisome on Planet Earth. For ShepherdDave. Whyzat? Because achievement is a way of proving myself worthy. Because Jesus and His imputed worthiness is unsatisfying to me when I’m ShepherdDave. But I live in denial of why I strive for excellence in all things, imaging myself doing good, being good. Expecting excellence from others as well. Chief analyst/critic/discerner. Not chief confessor. Not chief enjoyer.
“And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbor.” Eccl 4:4
–ShepherdDave, needing fresh conviction of the sin of independence/confidence-he-knows-what’s-best so he might momentarily be DumbSheepDave, blissfully enjoying everyone and everything just as it is, so the nonbelievers and believers around him might experience Jesus
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