One pastor has quipped that many young men raised on the apron strings of their Mother the Church aspire to vocational ministry because it is an indoor job that does not require any heavy lifting. But Paul tells a young pastor named Timothy that to be a pastor means you can pull the load of an ox (1 Tim. 5:17-18), fight like a warrior (2 Tim. 2:3-4), live a life of discipline to compete with the skill of an athlete (2 Tim. 2:5), and work tirelessly like a farmer who is up before the sun doing his job every day (2 Tim. 2:6).
What do you think? Agree? Disagree?