Sometimes in ministry, I'm left with a feeling of total impotence. In general, I'm a fixer. I like to do things. I like to help. And I really struggle when there is nothing I can actually do to help a situation. I hate feeling powerless. I hate knowing that some situations are irredeemable (at least as far as I am able). I don't like the complexities of addiction or homelessness or abuse that bind up helpful actions.
Impotence is not an every day occurrence, and I suppose, that for the sake of humility and God doing things and whatever else, it might even be healthy or necessary from time to time, but mostly, these days it's simply frustrating.