One of the greatest dangers in Christian ministry is comparing ourselves with others.
This is a terribly easy trap to fall into. I find myself doing it far too often. Hearing an effective presentation of the gospel, or a clear and well applied exposition of a text, makes me lament the defects in my own preaching. Reading of large churches growing even larger, or of the vibrancy of the family-orientated congregation in the next town, creates a sense of despondency over one’s own rather smaller gathering of believers.