II Corinthians 1:24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.

I Timothy 6:11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith.

Thabiti has a piece at the Gospel Coalition about the heavy, happy heart of the pastor. Non pastors need to read this. Pastors do too, if for no other reason than to know they have company.

The best quote as far as I am concerned is this:

But he doesn’t quit. He doesn’t shrink back–or at least he tries not to. He counts it all joy. He discovers what Stephen Chadwick discovered: ”It is a wonder what God can do with a broken heart, if He gets all the pieces” (HT: @NancyDeMoss). So he offers to God the Father all the pieces of his broken heart so that a wonder might be performed both in his life and the church. He, like Paul, learns to “boast all the more gladly about his weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on him. That is why, for Christ’s sake, he delights in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:9-10). That’s how a heavy heart becomes a happy heart in pastoral ministry.

Read the whole thing here