Its not fun anymore

I started out pastoring with all the zeal and energy of a 5 year old on a playground, but now after over 20 years in the ministry, I honestly dread it. I used to love Sundays now I can't wait for them to be over. The problem is they keep coming around:). The crazy thing is, the current ministry I now over see was almost completely dead when I got here and today it is busting at the seams with people, new buildings and money in the bank. You would think I would be thrilled but I'm miserable. I've read the Bible, prayed without ceasing, read multiple books and even gone to see the doctor, but still I spend my days dreaming about leaving and doing something else. Of course it's complicated: the kids have grown up in this community and married church members, and the wife would enjoy some stability, but I'm fed up with being a pastor. I can't remember what it feels like to be a normal person. I know I've got it good, and I know God loves me, but I'm wore out and feel guilty to be so. I know you don't know me, but I would appreciate your prayers.

C.E.

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