In Chapter 2 of Wayne Cordiero's book, "The Divine Mentor," he begins with the statement, "I didn't have what it took, and I knew it. But what was I to do?" He is speaking of his first ministry. This is a bold and honest statement. None of us really have it within us to do what we are doing, but few will admit it. I think that is especially true in ministry, where the minister is often expected to have all the right answers, and have them now. I have seldom heard a minister say, "I don't know."
He then talks about two choices of instructors, wisdom and consequences. In one you learn from others and in the other you learn from your mistakes. He goes on to talk about a pastor who preached before him who had great success. He hunted down a copy of a book he had written, which was out of date. He allowed this pastor, who had long since died, to mentor him.
I really don't have a lot to say about this chapter, as I feel that what was said could have been said much sooner, but like many pastors, sometimes the illustrations overwhelm the message. But it was a good message. We need to understand our short-comings. We need to rely on more than just ourselves. Ultimately, we rely on God to provide what we need. Don't we?