There are moments where things are less than the best. 

At those times I find myself torn between speaking negatively in self-pity, or speaking with unrealistic optimism.  The thin line in between is where empathy and sympathy grow as others hear of trials in your life, but recognize that you are not trying to create pity or live in denial but rather finding place for others to “minister” to you.

All that to say that I met today with various groups and individuals who heard of my “no good, very bad day”and prayed for me, and provided support and took some of the things that need to be done, and will do them.  Hopefully I have not verged into self-pity or painted an unrealistically optimistic picture of life.  My prayer is that we find that knife edge so that ministry can happen!  And may I also find others for whom I can be a minister!