You can read all the books you want to read, plan all you can plan, and consult all you can consult, and you will still make some stunning mistakes. You will say something inane in a meeting, annoy the bishop by being you, miss an important pastoral opportunity, and any number of other flubs. Remember we are clergy, not perfect. Our witness in life is not a life lived without error, but a life lived knowing we are loved in our imperfections and stunning mistakes. Forgiveness is not just a theory; it’s a challenging journey for all of us as we forgive ourselves for our errors. Oh, and we will spend the rest of our lives learning to love ourselves and our mistakes.
|—||Dirty Sexy Ministry, “The Theology of Practical Ministry”|