The Most Terrifying Sentence in Ministry

“I wish my husband was more like you.”

It is a frightening sentence I have heard in one form or another multiple times throughout my ministry. Sometimes it is worded differently, say, if it comes from a single woman who “would love to meet someone like you.” Sometimes the scary sentence is actually made up of a series of compliments over a period of weeks or months (“Your sermons mean so much,” accompanied by a gentle touch on the shoulder).

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