Dear pastors, let’s set up an appointment with our Eye Doctor. As He looks at us, let’s receive His assessment of how we truly look at Him.
Do not only investigate the success or failure, the momentum or monotony, the victories or defeats of our group goals. Let’s each study our own spiritual life. Investigate growth. Scrutinize condition. Explore potential.
Conclude, not by placing blame or feeling shame, but by choosing to return to basics. Pray, study, witness, worship. Attend, care, refuse to gossip.
Think about the nearby faraway God. Confess to the local global Listener.
He hears. So let’s be honest.
And let’s keep the heart of Christ.
Though I’m typing these stories and urging you to rest a moment, that doesn’t mean forgetting the bigness of our anointing. It means taking that calling seriously—we are to love everybody everywhere. It means taking that summons humbly—God’s presence empowers the willing ones who pause, who wait, who reserve, who realize they deserve nothing.
October is #PastorAppreciationMonth. Write thank you notes. Pray. Speak words of encouragement. And purchase copies of Pause for Pastors to give away as gifts to clergy.