Young pastors enter the ministry expecting the people of the Lord to be healthy, sane, balanced, spiritual, biblically informed, and Holy Spirit guided.
And then they run into reality.
The image of “running into a buzz-saw” comes to mind.
Some of them do not survive the experience, bless their hearts. But we remind them–when we have the opportunity–that our Lord said those who are whole do not need a physician (Matthew 9:12). If they were all healthy, sane, balanced, etc etc., they would not need a pastor.
You are there for those who are the unhealthy, unbalanced, spiritually immature, and so forth.
Sometimes, it’s a leader in the church who blindsides you.
Here’s my story (see my two notes at the end)….