Speaking from 1 Peter 5 about PRIDE (thinking its all about me) and GRACE (its all about God).
Lots of things are trying to push us off mission so we are not doing what we are called to do. Those things are distractions. As we stay close to Jesus, we will not be moved.
Be who God made you to be. From 1 Samuel 17 David tried to put on King Saul's armor to battle Goliath. He couldn't wear it because the armor didn't fit him. So all David needed to take down the giant was what God provided him. His skill with a slingshot and his righteous anger toward the enemy of God's army.
To many of us are trying to wear someone else's armor. We spend too much time trying to be something we are not. Then we fall.
Know who you are. Accept who you are and what God made you to be. Understand that God resists the proud.
God has no desire for us to ministry clones.
When God calls us to ministry and to live for him, doing things the way He tells us to, we will always find success.
Pride and grace can't co-exist. Pride and organizational leadership will always stifle us.
See 1 Peter 5:12. When life is tough it is the grace of God on which we stand.
After Walt Disney has build Disney Land, he had a dream to build Disney World. During construction Walt died. At the dedication of Disney World someone said to Walt Disney's wife that is was a shame that Walt never saw this. She replied, "he did see it. That's why it's here."