There is a tee-shirt company that is offering a shirt that says “I’m Fine” while giving the appearance of bleeding right below it. It made me wonder how many pastors and ministers use that cliche, “I’m fine” when really there is pain, hurt and anger on the inside.
I have learned that there are all types of pain in ministry. Different levels, different stages, different circumstances, and I could go on and on. There are pains brought on by peers, those who you answer to, those who answer to you, and that list goes on and on. Then there is the pain brought on by family circumstances – a spouse, a child, parents, siblings – again, I could go on and on.
Dealing with the pain of ministry is up to you. You can allow it to fester and destroy you under the skin, or you can deal with it, pray about, decide to take positive actions regarding it, and then watch the Lord do His job – to be the healer.
In some cases, professional help is required. Even those of us who preach the gospel can have some serious mental issues going on – especially in the area of forgiveness, pain and if you’ve been mistreated in a pastoral setting.
And when the pain has subsided and been dealt with – then you can truly say “I’m fine.”