John Piper, on the biography of Charles Spurgeon, wrote about preaching with a broken heart:
Everyone faces adversity and must find ways to persevere through the oppressing moments of life. Everyone must get up and make breakfast, and wash clothes, and go to work, and pay bills, and discipline children and generally keep life going when the heart is breaking.
But it’s different with pastors—not totally different, but different. The heart is the instrument of our vocation. Spurgeon said, “Ours is more than mental work—it is heart work, the labour of our inmost soul” (see note 1). So when our heart is breaking we must labor with a broken instrument. Preaching is our main work. And preaching is heart work, not just mental work. Continue reading Preaching With a Broken Heart