So train yourself, Christian. But train yourself for the work of surrender. Guard against the pride of achievement that convinces you that God owes you something for what you have done.
While it’s not an official clinical diagnosis, psychologists acknowledge that imposter syndrome is real, and is often accompanied by anxiety and even depression. First described by psychologists Suzanne Imes and Pauline Rose Clance in the 1970s, the condition affects high achievers who are unable to internalize and accept their success, attributing their accomplishments to luck instead of ability.
The number one person in the church responsible for cultivating generous giving is you—if you are the lead/senior pastor of your church. I am a pastor who has grappled with that truth for years. I hate talking about money. I used to purposefully stay in the dark about money. With all the caricatures of churches and money floating through people’s minds, I sought to avoid it at all costs.
Learn to say “No.” Go to the mirror right now. Look in that mirror and say “No, I’m not going to be able to do that.” There. You needed to stretch that muscle. Keep stretching it!
Don’t just focus on trying NOT to do something. Focus on saying YES to something better!
In the midst of a terminal diagnosis, the patient and the family need to be reminded that God’s love for them has not changed. He cares about their suffering. His presence, strength, grace, and mercy are very present helps in times of trouble. No matter how messy the terminal diagnosis may seem, God’s love, peace, and comfort carries us through.