Albert Mohler: What I’d Tell My Younger Self

Albert Mohler looks back on 25 years of ministry and reflects on advice that would have served him well in those early years of leadership.

Faithfulness in ministry over the long haul is an important topic that is addressed in 12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry, edited by Collin Hansen and Jeff Robinson.

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I sometimes imagine I’m that younger self, but then look in the mirror and reality sets in pretty quickly. I’m about to begin my 25th year as president at Southern Seminary, and when I was first elected president, people complained I was too young. Nobody’s making that complaint anymore. At some point, I crossed a rubicon there.

I know one of the things I would say to the younger me, and that is, “You do not have as much time as you think.” As a younger man, it seemed like there were almost an endless number of days ahead of me. Those days were lined up like a giant bank account of days.

I’m 57 years old at this point, and I recognize even now that that bank was a smaller account than I knew. And so there’s no less joy in that, this is the way God made us. We’re temporal creatures and we have a limited number of days. Man knows not his time. But I would say that younger me if I had the opportunity, “Buddy, don’t count on days in the bank you’ll never have.”