Pastor’s Perspective 03-05-19

I find myself reflecting a lot more lately on life. Its significance. How I might want to spend the rest of mine. My legacy. There are several factors contributing to this season of reflection. My age. I turned 62 in January. I realize I have a few more good years in me, but I am definitely playing in the second half. Being a grandfather. It is all everyone had told me it would be… and more. I love all seven and every opportunity I have to spend time with them… doing whatever makes them happy. Officiating at a number of funerals recently. Unless Jesus comes back in my lifetime, I am going to die one day and the people I know and love are going to remember me for how I lived my dash.

I am still learning some things at this stage in my life.

I can’t do everything I might want or feel I need to do. There are only 24 hours in a day. They can’t all be spent working. Given the finite number of hours in a day, saying ‘yes’ to some things means saying ‘no’ to others. Not everything is of equal importance. I need to figure out – and choose – what is most important.

I can’t please everyone… as much as I might want to. I am so grateful for the seasoned pastor who spoke to my class when I was in seminary on this very subject. He said 10% of your church will think you are the greatest pastor they have ever had. You won’t be able to please 10% whatever you do. And 80% will follow you if they know you love the Lord and love them.

I can’t do ministry alone. The Lord has blessed this church with a very capable staff and a whole lot of lay people who are passionate about His work. God has given me an incredible partner in ministry in Gaye. I am absolutely convinced this church will miss her more than me when our season of ministry here is over. And I’m okay with that.

There are only so many years I have to make an impact. It is very important to me that I am a faithful steward of my season here as your pastor. It is equally important to me that the Lord finds me faithful as Gaye’s husband, our children’s father, and a grandfather to all of our grandchildren. “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

See you Sunday! ~ John