Naive? Yes! I wouldn't have thought so then.
Idealistic? Yes! Still so!
Realistic? No! Long way off!
My first pastors conference started to sort out my naïveté and my view of reality!
I can't help but commend Dave Black on his honesty about himself,and his awareness of his own weakness and struggles, a very rare quality, indeed!
Then I came across this quote by J.C. Philpot from a sermon preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on March 6,1859:
I have ever found myself to be my greatest enemy. I never had a foe that troubled me so much as my own heart; nor has any one ever wrought me half the mischief or given me half the plague that I have felt and known within. And it is a daily sense of this which makes me dread myself more than anybody that walks upon the face of the earth!
Keep a watchful eye upon every inward foe; and if you fight, fight against the enemy that lurks and works in your own breast!
I wonder what gives me the impression that not too many in leadership today would agree with Mr. Philpot?
Why do I get the feeling that Pogo was right when he said,
“I've found the enemy and he is us.”