The ministry is at times difficult and discouraging. It is important that we keep our eyes on the Lord and remember we do what we do for the cause of Christ. We preach so many times about Peter and how when desiring to walk on the water the Lord told him to go ahead and when he took his eyes off the Lord he began to sink. Of course it is applicable to talk of his taking his eyes off the Lord but let us remember that at least he got out of the boat. That is more than the other disciples did!
Most of the time the ministry is encouraging and quite an adventure. I remember one occasion when I was in town in Jacksonville Florida where we were serving as Dean of Students at Trinity Baptist College. Since I was in town I agreed to help with a bus promotion. I was given a gorilla suit and told that Sunday on the buses it was "Have your picture made with the Gorilla" day. We ran over 65 buses. After Jr. Church I was in the bus parking lot having my picture made with the little bus riders. All of a sudden a boy about the age of 7 or 8 began to run towards me. As he came I heard him shout "Kill King Kong!" When he got closer he reared back and threw a rock at me. It caught me straight in the forehead and knocked me out. When I awakened I saw this young man standing with one foot on my chest and shouting "I got him!" Needless to say I have not forgotten nor been able to live down the day of that event and to tell you the truth, every time I read of David and Goliath I think of my personal experience and know how Goliath must have felt. Yes, this really happened to me in the ministry!