The pastor at my church recently asked “Are you humbled by Jesus?” As I wrestled with this question I began to wonder if I am really ever humbled by much. It is more likely that I am too often impressed with myself and my world and unmoved by much else. I think we can all name that struggle— it’s pride.
I always thought the most important thing I’d learn in my first year of ministry would be ministry related. And it is. But I thought I’d learn a skill, method or truth that would make me a better pastor, preacher, teacher or writer. Looking back, I did learn a lot in my first year out of seminary, but nothing came close to the single greatest thing I learned.