November 18, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Love the Ones You Have

Each Friday I try to send my pastor friends a brief e-mail blurb that I have entitled: “An Encouraging Word to Pastors.”

Which, by the way, if you’re a pastor (Denomination doesn’t matter) and would like to receive the Encouraging Word, just send an e-mail to: angela@troupbaptist.com.

Put, “Add me to the Encouraging Word to Pastor’s e-mail list” in the subject field, and my administrative assistant will make sure your e-mail address is added.

You can unsubscribe from the list anytime you desire. And hey, it’s free! Anyway, below you will find the Encouraging Word to Pastors that I sent on February 9, 2018.

This past week Marianne and I attended the Annual Georgia Baptist Associational Missionaries Workshop. Our presenter made a statement that really resonated with me. I believe it will resonate with you as well. He said, ‘A lot of pastors aren’t in love with the church they have; they’re in love with the church they wish they had.

The people in the church aren’t an obstacle to your ministry; they are your ministry. Love the ones you have, not the ones you wish you had. And don’t pray that your church will grow – pray the pastor will become more holy.’ Wow! (Just chew on that one awhile fellas.  Just chew on it.)”

I believe the reverse of this may be true as well.  Many church members aren’t in love with the pastor they have; they’re in love with the one they wish they had – or the one they had years ago. (Ooooh!  That hurt, didn’t it?)

And how wonderful would it be if every church member stopped viewing their pastor as an obstacle to the ministry or their church and started personally ministering to the needs of their pastor and family? What if pastor and church member alike learned to love the ones they have instead of the one they wish they had?

I think this line of thinking is woven into the very fabric of who we are as a people. I wonder if we are ever truly satisfied with who and what we have.

I wonder if we are in love with our spouse, or the one we wish we had. How about our family? How about our career/vocation? How about our home? How about our bank account? How about our life in general? Hum, I think there is a truth here that warrants our attention.

It eats at the very fabric of who we are. It is our inability to ever be truly satisfied with who we are, who we have, and what we have.

Now, am I saying that we shouldn’t have goals, ambitions, career plans, and a desire to better ourselves as a person, or to better our current reality? Absolutely not!

But what I’m saying is: In our quest for things to be as we desire – let’s not miss the joy and contentment of things as they are. Why? Because one day we will probably look back on this day and remember it as one of the “good ole days” of our life.

Speaking to his young “preacher boy” Timothy, the great Apostle Paul said, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” – 1Timothy 6:6-11(KJV)

Let us learn to love the ones and what we have!

Brother Aaron

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