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The Burden of Potential

The heart that recoils in shame over failure to achieve potential tends to swell up with pride over success.
— Larry Osborne

Dave was a gifted leader, though not a great preacher. During his second pastorate, he took a dead, inner-city church and turned it around. Under his guidance the church grew into a vibrant ministry, and attendance soared to over five hundred.

Then a call came from a large suburban church. Many things in him said stay: he was enjoying his ministry, his wife and kids were happy, the church was ecstatic with what Dave was doing. But his drive to be all that he could be in ministry won out. So he went.

The next five years were the worst of his life. He'd gotten in over his head. Of the two skills necessary to succeed in a large church — leadership and a strong pulpit presence — he had only one.

Before long, people began to leave, many of them parting with those famous last words, "I'm not being fed."

Dave was devastated. He'd seldom heard those words before. He'd been more ...

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