With a culture that is continually shouting bigger is better and more is greater, it’s important for us to take a step back and make sure our churches are offering programs that encourage spiritual maturity in people, not just growth in the number of people sitting in the pews each Sunday.
While I’m sure many pastors love their jobs, they aren’t necessarily immune from the stress and pressure of their calling. Anytime the well-being of multiple people is present, a one-size-fits-all approach is not going to work, making the challenge of leading and serving a variety of personalities difficult. We can’t always make a pastor’s workload lighter, but we can show them they are appreciated and valued.
Most of my life, I felt constant pressure to fit into a specific mold of what a true Christian woman was. We all know what she looks like: bakes goodies, has an obsession with fancy table settings, and likes to host themed brunches with mini muffins. She is always super sweet and hugs people all the time.
Bro. That is not me. Not even a little bit.
In this season of my life, I’m learning about engagement.
Maybe I don’t have an answer. Maybe I can’t really explain why God lets these types of tragedies happen.
But there are two things I know without a shadow of a doubt to be true: God is love and God is just.
The more I rest in this season, the more I learn to be still in the presence of my God, the more I’m realizing that He’s not concerned with the outside appearance or the outside successes. He calls each of us to a different life. He creates each of us with different strengths, different weaknesses, different gifts, and different passions.
Christ has freed you from the hold of this world. We are no longer held to the standards we may face here. But that freedom doesn’t mean we get to live however we want. It doesn’t mean we have Jesus’s okay to be jerks to people who believe differently than us.
And when you see His face,
When you’re done with this world,
When your journey is over,
When you hear those words,
“Well done, my servant, my friend.”
It will be worth it.
This is it. This is what we’ve been born for: To proclaim the majesty and the marvelous, sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. We don’t need to know all the answers. We don’t need to be able to argue the finer points of theology. We just need to share Jesus.
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