Preaching from the eye of the storm...

Wondering... How do you in healthy ways communicate your own doubt and struggle?  As a leader and preacher, to adults but especially to students, how do you approach this stuff when your in the middle of your own storm, when life and struggle seem to be at their peak and when your wondering if this stuff is even true.

I mean ALL leaders, or all honest leaders have times struggle and doubt, right? I read through the scripture and there seems to be a pretty strong embrace of biblical characters who doubted and struggled. The Psalms seems to highlight this especially.

So how do you engage these text that are full of promise and proclamation and them share these things you think are probably true but are struggling with yourself.

It's funny that i'm wondering about this at i begin to share this series of messages entitled UNBROKEN because right in the heart of the opening verses i'm sharing is this...

"For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." (Romans 8:24-25)

Maybe there is some answer there.

But in the middle of life and questions and calamity verses like Romans 8:28 are a bit hard to swallow sometimes. "We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

John Wesley talked about a time when he was struggling to have faith and he decided to preach faith until he had it. I like that. It does stir some tension and questions in my head and heart but i like it.

Just woundering...

(PS : This was a blog i wrote and save as a draft a few month back... just saw it and figured i probably should post this action. Oppps...)