I've got a habit of repeating myself. It's not that I'm trying to do it, but when I have a realization it's something that I say over and over again. Maybe it's how my thought process works, but I find myself reflecting on these realizations and they work their way back into conversations.
Lately, my phrase has been: "I can promise you one thing... things will not be perfect."
I've said this to people who are transitioning leadership of different ministries around this church. I've said it about my own shortcomings in ministry. I've said it about dealing with kids. And to each and every person I say it, I mean it 100%.