I’ve had a lot of jobs. I’ve delivered pizzas, bagged groceries, done landscaping, security, retail sales, manufacturing, management and teaching. After all those random experiences, I realized that God had been preparing me for the hardest and weirdest job of all…Being a Pastor.
Being a Pastor is definitely one of the most rewarding and most frustrating tasks God has ever given me to do. People assume pastors just work on Sundays, but the truth is, we’re never really off. No two days are the same.
I get to be there with folks in their tragedies, their triumphs and everything in between. It’s both a great honor and a great burden, but God always gives me the strength I need when I rely on Him instead of trying to do it on my own.
I’ve been reflecting back on what I’ve learned from being the in the ministry. I’ve still got a LOT to learn, but here are the main things I’ve picked up so far…
1. People are messed up. It’s true. Some people are really good at hiding it, but everybody has got baggage, and hangups and junk they’re dealing with. Nobody has it all together. There’s something refreshing about knowing that we’re all in the same boat. It’s also great to know that as messed up as we are, God loves us and has extraordinary plans for our lives!
2. There’s Only One Savior (and I”m NOT Him)! Since we’re all messed up, we all need a Savior. Thankfully, Jesus took care of that. As a Pastor, I get to encourage people and point people to Jesus, but I’m reminded everyday that I can’t actually save anybody. I’m as messed up as they are!
3. The World will Wreck You. We live in a world that tells us how to live and it’s almost always the wrong way. The world will even tell you that there’s no such thing as a “wrong way” if you just follow your own truth (whatever that means). Most people get their worldview from pop culture, tv shows and their messed up friends instead of the Bible. The World will lead people down a dead-end path, but it will try to make that path look very enticing.
4. The Bible has The Answers. No matter what the question may be, the Bible has the answer. The more we read it and allow the Holy Spirit to let it take root in us, the more we are changed by it. The Bible’s path is almost always different from the World’s, but the Bible is always right! When my actions don’t conform to Scripture, I’m the one who needs to change. We don’t change the Message; The Message changes us!
That’s about all I’ve got so far. Maybe I’m just a slow learner, but I feel like God keeps reteaching me these same four principles over and over and over.
I’d love to hear from you (whether you’re a pastor or not)! What has God been teaching You lately?