The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Carey’s complaint

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William Carey, writing to John Ryland to give some report of his experience and background, laments the following:

I am convinced that some sins have always attended me, as if they made a part of my constitution; among these I reckon pride, or rather vanity,—an evil which I have detected frequently, but have never been free from to this day. Indolence in divine things is constitutional: few people can think what necessity I am constantly under of summoning all my resolution to engage in any thing which God has commanded. This makes me peculiarly unfit for the ministry, and much more so for the office of a missionary. I now doubt seriously, whether persons of such a constitution should be engaged in the Christian ministry. This, and what I am going to mention, fill me with continued guilt. A want of character and firmness has always predominated in me. I have not resolution enough to reprove sin, to introduce serious and evangelical conversation in carnal company, especially among the great, to whom I have sometimes access. I sometimes labor with myself long, and at last cannot prevail sufficiently to break silence; or, if I introduce a subject, want resolution to keep it up, if the company do not show a readiness thereto.

Eustace Carey, Memoir of William Carey D.D., 37-38

If him, how much more you or me?

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 20 December 2010 at 10:20

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  1. Brother, thank you for posting this. Very, very helpful.

    Martin Downes

    Monday 20 December 2010 at 11:10

    • For me, in a painful, convicting kind of way. Thanks for dropping by, and trust all is well with you and yours at this time.

      Jeremy Walker

      Tuesday 21 December 2010 at 09:25


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