It must be amazing to have the call from God on your life for those led to become a preacher.
To become a leader of a church where you preach God's word, counsel the congregation, and be the focal point of a church (for good and for bad). Then to live in that 'glass house' where your life is on display. Well, my hats off to you.
I could never be a preacher for a number of very good reasons. 1. I am not called to be a preacher, and 2. When I speak in public I often struggle in saying the overused word "um" as a form of punctuation or pause. Then again as a blogger my grammar aint so good'r either. BUT I DIGRESS.
It's too easy sitting in my Back Pew to listen to a sermon then decide if I liked it, or it frustrated me, or it put me to sleep. Admittedly all 3 forms of analysis have been processed by me. But back to being a preacher/pastor/minister/clergy/vicar etc etc.. I admire the courage and insight provided from the pulpit. To be led to share what is on their heart to this mixed bag of nuts called the congregation is a brave and blessed calling to follow.
Then to look out over the congregation and take in the various facial responses from smiling to terse to sleeping.. how do you keep a straight face as this mini congregational reality show is on display right before your eyes. How do stay focused on what you need to say?
May God bless each of you called to serve God as our pastors. May He bless you with respect and appreciation for all you do even when the going gets tough and their is even unrest in the congregation. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for your sincere prayer led leadership, your encouraging words, your loving tough words, and for your care of God's people. As the Bible describes the church as one body of many parts... Please accept this big THANK YOU for being the head of the body ..from one of the toes.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson