Don’t Give Up in the Lean Seasons
I want to encourage you who are younger in ministry that lean seasons will come, and by grace you can make it through.
A Billy Graham illustration and a personal one.
Sometimes It Rains
We always think of Billy Graham’s crusades as full and successful. It was not always the case. The London Evening Standard recounted “a rain-soaked service on Streatham Common where Graham’s music director, Cliff Barrows, had to give up trying to play his trombone, and heavier members of the platform party had to move to the center as the stage sank in the mud” (Alister Chapman, Godly Ambition, 48).
If you live long enough, and serve faithfully enough, you will have rain-soaked seasons, and feel yourself sinking in the mud. But Graham survived. And look what God wrought.
There Are Hard Years
People look at Bethlehem’s growth over the last 30 years and think it is…