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I Want To Fail At Almost Everything Else Before I Fail At This

Regarding the quotation below, Zach Nielsen says, “Tozer was great, but don’t be like him in this way.” I strongly agree. Many Christian men (esp. leaders) are busy with many things and are easily tempted towards a lifestyle of neglecting our families and leaving to our wives great piles of lonely, largely-thankless work. Men, this should not be. This is the first province of our stewardship. We all fail in many ways, but failing here is like standing on the porch of our burning home aiming a water hose everywhere else.

“With a burning desire to learn and a keen sense of educational inadequacy, Tozer began to devote long hours to reading. He not only read a lot, his mind was preoccupied when he was home, as he continually sorted out ideas and wrote articles in his mind when he could not be alone to put them on paper.

“By early 1928 the Tozers had a routine. Aiden [Tozer] found his fulfillment in reading, preparing sermons, preaching, and weaving travel into his demanding and exciting schedule, while Ada learned to cope. She dutifully washed, ironed, cooked, and cared for the little ones, and developed the art of shoving her pain deep down inside. Most of the time she pretended there was no hurt, but when it erupted, she usually blamed herself for not being godly enough to conquer her longing for intimacy from an emotionally aloof husband.”

Lyle Dorsett, A Passion for God: The Spiritual Journey of A. W. Tozer, p. 81


  1. I have discovered through much suffering and pride crushing disgrace that being a successful husband and dad is the greatest ministry on the planet. “Pastor Dad” is the most significant title we can strive for. Thanks for the post Sam.

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