From prayer to planning to preaching to leading church services to counseling to mentoring to dealing with church properties to a quick trip to Atlanta to visit someone in the hospital in need to attending two evening banquets to a attending and helping with a funeral to encouraging the saints to caring for personal family matters and on the list goes, this has been a busy week.
Variety is the key word for describing the life and ministry of a pastor. It is never boring but filled with unusual and amazing surprises. Busy, busy, busy. So much to do and some times there is more to do than what seems possible. It always helps when people realize that pastors are human. Kind words help too.
This past Sunday morning as I entered church, I was met by a precious member who proclaimed me the best pastor in the world. Now that makes you want to go preach your heart out and give your best effort for another week.
At the church altar after my message, a single mother came up and shared a testimony of how God had helped her son as he has enrolled into college. She thanked me for helping write a reference letter and for my prayers. God had worked miraculously for them and she gave thanks to God and to me for helping.
After church, one of our young boys asked to have his picture made with me. He had a project that required several pictures of community leaders and he wanted me included. I was proud to stand by him at the front church door to have my picture taken. He was proud of his pastor and I was honored to stand with him.
This coming week will hold new and wonderful opportunities, surprises, hold your breathe moments, and excitement. Serving as a pastor is the highest calling. I am humbled and grateful for the privilege of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thank you Lord for calling me into the work of the ministry. Being busy for Jesus is a joyous privilege.