I know I've posted a plethora of "Piper posts" lately but this man never ceases to teach and encourage me. These posts have helped me as much as others and so I share another.
Before you give up, remember you are not alone. In Piper's latest post he relates a time when he was quite down. He graciously shares an entry from his journal some years ago which concludes:
O Lord, have mercy on me. I am so discouraged. I am so blank. I feel like there are opponents on every hand, even when I know that most of my people are for me. I am so blind to the future of the church. O Father, am I blind because it is not my future? Perhaps I shall not even live out the year, and you are sparing the church the added burden of a future I had made and could not complete? I do not doubt for a moment your goodness of power or omnipotence in my life or in the life of the church. I confess that the problem is mine. The weakness is in me. The blindness is in my eyes. The sin—O reveal to me my hidden faults!—is mine and mine the blame. Have mercy, Father. Have mercy on me. I must preach on Sunday, and I can scarcely lift my head.
Read the entire blog post here.
Press on in the Lord my friends, press on.