1Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.

God, I don’t know what my ministry is, and I am losing heart.  I thought my main ministry was to my family, but I am failing there.  It appears I am pushing them away from You.  What am I to do Father?  I know I do not bring You glory by being downcast, yet how can I rejoice when I have failed the people I love the most?  Lord, cast me aside and find another to write this, for I am so not worthy of this ministry! 

Father, did You just make me define the ministry You have given me?  And obviously I don’t deserve it, so it is by Your mercy.  So please Lord, do not let me lose heart.

 2Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

Lord, if this is my ministry, then help me to renounce shameful, secret ways.  Help me proclaim Your good news clearly, honestly, and plainly.  Lead me Lord and use me to bring others to You.  *2Corinthians4*