The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry, (Proverbs 25:11 MSG)
This past week I was sick with an upper respiratory infection. I hate being sick! On top of this I was feeling a little beat up by the ministry, if that makes sense. There are times when a pastor just can't please anyone. I was pretty discouraged. I was singing in Tennessee Ernie Ford style 'Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen, Nobody Knows But Jesus'. It was just pathetic! Don't laugh, you've been there too! Besides, if you know who Tennessee Ernie Ford is then you're too old to laugh.
I received a letter Saturday afternoon that just amazed me. I was amazed first by God's timing. His timing is always perfect! I was also amazed at how God uses people! Two people praying for their adult children felt led by the Holy Spirit to send a note to their children's pastor, and they did what the Spirit told them to do! Finally, I was amazed at how easy it is to become discouraged and blinded to the 'big picture'. Why do our critics always seem so much louder than our supporters when they are almost always fewer?
I want to share the note with you, but please don't think of this as boasting. It really is more about humility than pride. It's humbling to realize that God is willing to use ordinary men to accomplish extraordinary things in the lives of His people. We only have to surrender our hearts and lives to Him. At times, it feels like we're just spinning our wheels and accomplishing nothing, but that is not the case! God always makes good use of those who trust and obey!
Dear Pastor Mike,
You were on my heart last night as I was praying for my children. you have been such a blessing in the lives of Scott and Lisa, Mikey and Noah. I know they have gone through tough times and struggles (as we all do) and you have been there for them.
As our children grow up and we allow them to stretch their wings and fly. I'm glad that God brings people like you in their lives to help them on their flight.
Both Kathy and you are a blessing to Bruce and I, too.
Love, Your brother and sister in Him,
Bruce and Char
It is such a blessing to be a pastor! I wouldn't trade my life for anything! Ministry can take it's toll on you, no doubt, but the rewards are beyond compare. Young men considering the ministry need to understand that it is not an easy path, but it is an awesome journey! You will see and experience so many wonderful things in the ministry! It is very satisfying to know that when you invest your life with God you just can't lose. There is always a return! Keep serving Him no matter how difficult things become and when you need it most He opens your eyes for a moment and says, "Look what I'm doing with your life". So cool!