I was listening to a minister the other night and she shared how after 25 years of ministry, she lost her marriage, house, reputation and had to file bankruptcy. The church world turned their back on her and for two years she was in dispair.
During this season she was depressed and couldn’t get out of the bed. In a way to try to get deal with the pain she tatooed her body and drank. It was shocking I think to the audience, but I found her honestly refreshing. It was a little shocking that she told it, but I know this stuff happens because I come from a ministry family, so I know what goes on behind the scenes.
Often people look at the folks in the “limelight” and think things are different. Actually they often deal with 50 times more than average folks. This woman of God shared the real deal. But I appreciated her honestly. She was letting everyone know she was still human. And God is still using her.
It’s not all pretty. There are real problems, real issues and I think we need real honesty.
2 Corinthians 4:7:
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.